by Kelsey Cahalan
Consider these tips and nail your next interview!
- The Simple Three: Make eye contact, stand up when new people walk into the room and master your hand shake.
- Don’t put your weaknesses ahead of your strengths. Have examples of how your skills are transferrable to the job responsibilities you are hesitant on and how you would go about mastering it.
- Don’t ever get too comfortable! The 2nd round, 3rd round and 4th round are just as important as the 1st round of interviews. Bring your A-game through each round. Always asking questions, always dressed professionally, and always arriving on time.
- The little things matter! Don’t leave your water cup behind and don’t walk into the interview with a coffee cup in your hand, this communicates casualness. You should be excited, nervous and professional — this is a formal process.
- Position yourself correctly in the room; don’t sit with your back to the door if you have options.
- Think before you speak, stay articulate, and try not to use filler words (i.e. um and like). Try not to ramble — every answer you have should have a beginning, middle and end, just like an essay.
- When asked a question, answer that question directly and concisely. Provide precise examples or clear information that supports your answer as requested and avoid any tangents. Also, don’t interrupt the interviewer with your attempt to answer their question, wait until they are finished.
- It’s time to ask your questions! Do not ask about salary, benefits or hours. Focus on the role at hand. These other pieces will be shared with you when your interviewer feels it’s the appropriate time to broach that topic, or at offer stage.
- Remember to throw out your gum or mint before the interview – better yet don’t take one in the lobby while you are waiting! It’s shocking how many people chew gum in interviews!
- No matter how much you don’t like your current job do not speak negatively of the company or your manager. When you’re leaving a role, you probably have multiple reasons for leaving (compensation, location, management, conflict, lack of development, etc.). You only need to share ONE solid reason for wanting to leave a job. So if your commute is 90 minutes, and this role is positioned only 30 minutes away, that’s a no-brainer. You only need to share that one reason.
- Growth – the dreaded G-word. Every candidate is looking for growth. The subtlety of substituting the words Learn or Develop instead of the word Grow, is crucial. As a staffing agency we constantly have candidates rejected for talking about growth, never for being learning or development oriented. It’s implied that if someone is good, effective in their role and interested in doing more, opportunities for growth create themselves but someone who talks too much about growth during an interview for a specific position can come across as uninterested in that exact job. Learn or Develop takes that away and doesn’t put a timetable on your commitment to the position.
- Ask for business cards so you can thank them later!