CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE LANDED AN INTERVIEW
A successful job interview is arguably the pivotal moment in securing that perfect opportunity. Below are proven words of wisdom we recommend following that will help you perform to your fullest capacity in the interview.
BEFORE YOU START
Do your homework, be fully prepared in advance of your interview. Research the company and its subsidiaries fully. Check out their website. Entering the interview well prepared and informed will give you a key competitive advantage.
You only get one opportunity to make a first and lasting impression. Select your interview outfit with care, dress in a professional and conservative manner. Be confident and engaged.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE INTERVIEW
- Always bring recommendation letters and references.
- Bring a pen and notebook.
- Bring a copy of the job description as well as several targeted questions about the job requirements, expectations, company goals and culture.
ARRIVING AT THE INTERVIEW
- Always be punctual; arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
- Introduce yourself to the receptionist and be polite. This individual is a key member of the company and a potential coworker.
- Turn off your cellphone/electronic devices.
- Extend your hand first for introductions; provide a firm handshake; maintain eye contact; keep good posture.
DURING THE INTERVIEW
- Be positive about your current and/or past employers. How you deliver your reason for leaving is critical.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more questions you ask brings more clarity to the role and what it requires. Knowing the technical components of the role will allow you to relay your skills and past experiences.
- Communicate the unique strengths and skills that make you perfect for the position.
- Communicate your ability to lead and motivate others.
- Summarize your character: values, goals, integrity, responsibility, openness and fairness in dealing with others.
- Communicate your problem-solving and decision making skills.
- Be prepared to discuss why you would like to work for this specific organization and what added value you bring.
- Clearly communicate your interest in the position and inquire into the next step of the interviewing process.
- Do not bring up salary or benefits in the first interview. If asked about your current salary, simply state that it falls within the salary expectations listed for this position.
- Thank the interviewer for their time, give them a firm handshake, and ask for their business card.
- When leaving, thank the receptionist by name.
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
- Contact your search consultant immediately to provide feedback, this is critical, so they know your interest level and how to represent you to the client.
- Send a thank you note/email to the interviewer.