Interview Tips

How to land the Interview

Practice for your interview

  • Review the job description. Identify your strengths to emphasize and how you can address your weaknesses.
  • Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask.
  • Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.
  • Write down questions you have for the perspective employer. Think about what is important to you about the company and position. Be ready to thwart any possible awkward moments of awkward silence with great questions.

Research the company

  • Study the company and their products/services online so you can speak with some knowledge of who they are and what they do. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. Go beyond just base content, examine blogs, read testimonials, and quotes about the company.
  • Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview.
  • Know the backgrounds of the people you are speaking with and see if you have mutual connections or commonalities.

Prepare for your interview

  • Make sure you and your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with, if you don’t know what type of environment it is, just ask us! Overdressing can be as bad as underdressing.
  • Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your resume.
  • Bring questions and ask them. Remember, you are interviewing them as well.
  • Bring a pen/paper/ipad for taking notes; resume/portfolio or any additional times you think that having on hand will reflect well on you something is asked of you.
  • Turn off your cell phone. If you do get a call during the interview, don’t answer it.

Be On Time

  • Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Pre-route and map out the location and parking. Anticipate possible traffic or delays!

During the Interview

  • Be yourself! Don’t try to fit yourself into some image of who you think you should be for a particular company or position.
  • Serve it up…it’s best not to always be returning the serve – an engaging interview/discussion goes both ways.
  • During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Take sips from your drink if you need more time to thinking about a question.
  • Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention– you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!
  • Stay positive! Be Confident, but not cocky. You should demonstrate your excitement for the position. Turn possible objections about skill gaps into discussion points. Often, where you feel you might be weak can turn into an engaging conversation.
  • If you like what you are hearing, tell them you are excited about the opportunity and ask what the next steps will be.
  • Get business cards from each person you meet so you can write thank you notes to each person individually.

Follow Up

  • Always follow up with a thank you reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people say thank you to each interviewer and make eye contact before you leave. Appreciation & gratitude go a long way as does professionalism.
  • Always call your recruiter immediately following the interview so we can gauge how it went, help overcome objections and get feedback from the client.

DON’T

  • Don’t try to fake things you don’t know, they will always know. Instead, tell them you are not familiar or don’t know. Let them know you know where to find or how to research the answers if that is the case.
  • Don’t say negative things about prior employers, software packages, prior managers or co-workers.
  • Don’t ramble or answer questions in more length than necessary. Stick to the point and answer concisely. They will ask if they want more detail.
  • If you smoke, do not smoke on your way to the interview. Also be mindful of wearing too much perfume/cologne.
  • Save questions about compensation and benefits, etc until later interview rounds. Initial interviews are not the place to discuss these things. We will help you with this. It is what we do and can often be handled more effectively by us as your representative.
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