Interview

Interview Tips

So the company wants to meet you. You want to know more about them. They want to know what you can add to their team and organization. You wonder if they'll hire you. They wonder if they can stop searching.

Take the wonder out of the equation and prepare to do your best in the interview.

Before the interview - do your homework. Thoroughly. Research the company's website - every page and every link. Read up on press releases, company management, investors, hot industry news and related technologies. Think about what you need to know before you can accept a position with this company. Anticipate what they will want to know about you.

Dress sharp - and for some companies this means in a traditional suit, others that's the kiss of death - crispy casual the way to go. Either way - - look good, feel good. Be on time - early is good but not too early - ten minutes is about right.

Your questions should provide additional information to tell you more about their market, product or company. Your line of questioning will show a high level of interest on your part AND that you've done your homework. Don't be shy to ask your interviewers questions, too! For example, where'd they work before, or what brought and keeps them there? BE INQUISITIVE! Steer away from what's-in-it-for-me questions for the time being - benefits, vacation allowances, holidays, can I bring my dog to work? Count on your recruiter to chase down those answers. Use the interview as a time to gather and exchange information about the company, the job requirements, your experience and their needs.

Steer clear of money talk. Negotiating salary is our job and we often lose any negotiating power once you start (and besides, it's not appropriate to talk about money in the first interview.) You can put it back on us, answer by saying "my @HIRE recruiter is aware of my salary requirements. You may also inquire as to what they are seeking to pay someone with your qualifications for this position. But if you feel backed into a corner and feel you must really answer the money question, give them your total comp – base AND bonuses, as well as any upcoming raises.

HEADS-UP

1st Impressions are Important - get off on the right foot - neutral conversation, firm handshake, eye contact etc. First impressions are SUPER important, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Corny, but true.
The heart of the interview - before you can claim you are the perfect candidate for the job, you want to make sure you've established what the job is exactly. Then you can expand on which experiences you bring to the table that are such a perfect fit for their needs - address their hot buttons and explain how you can do the job. Succinct but detailed explanations, not just YES and NOs to the have-you-done-that-before or want-to-do-that questions.
NO QUEASY STOMACHS! Don't leave with any uneasy feelings about how you may have done in the interview! ASK before you leave! This is the toughest part, but one of the most important. You will appear to be a more senior candidate and be able to rebut ANY concerns or provide ANY additional information that may cost you the job!
Take the your opportunity to ask, "Do you have any concerns about my qualifications?" By asking this, you open the door and give yourself a chance to provide additional information or examples of your work to illustrate and confirm you are the one for the job. Or maybe it's your chance to eliminate any doubt or miscommunication. Be sure to answer with FIRM CONCRETE examples and then ask, "Does this ease your concern?"

Get where you want to go!  Show you want or are interested in the job!  Do this by creating urgency and excitement - show enthusiasm. Ask "where do we go from here?" or "what's our next step?" show a buy sign!

Be sure to get business cards from EVERYONE you meet and to remember & act as though EVERY person (potential peers AND hiring managers) you meet is the final decision maker about you're being brought aboard. Teams have more input these days, as they run like well-oiled machines. Take the time to state your interest in a thank you email, as soon as you get back to your desktop. This separates you from the competition.

SOME EXTRA things to KEEP IN MIND

Be ready for that question? "Where do you see yourself in X years?" Have an answer ready! NOT having an answer raises a red flag with hiring managers, so have SOMETHING prepared.

ASK QUESTIONS - if at ANY time someone you meet with asks you if you have any questions, the WORST thing to do is say, NO. ASK SOMETHING! Even if you already asked another teammate, ask it again if it's possible you can get a different answer/perspective. ASK the person, WHY do YOU work here? What KEEPS you working here?  Where'd you work before? What do you like most about working here? Least?  There are LOTS of questions to ask.

TREAT everyone like they are the final decision maker, usually teams all get to have a pow-wow after you leave and TALK about you! So by treating everyone like they have the last word and are the final decision maker & you can't go wrong!

CALL YOUR RECRUITER AS SOON as the interview ends, s/he want to hear from YOU first about how the interview went, before THEY call to tell him/her - your feedback is an IMPORTANT part of the process - maybe you remembered something as soon as you left - how you would have answered a question differently. Give your recruiter all the ammunition s/he needs to move this forward - or in any direction you want to go.

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Quick Tip

Whether you are interviewing or being interviewed, be direct - ask if there are any concerns about your qualifications. Ask additional questions to uncover detailed information. This will help both of you determine if the job is a right fit.

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