Tips for Interviewing
From the desks of our recruiters to yours.
While every interview and every company is unique, most recruiters would agree that there are some universal best practices that go a long way when interviewing (Note: You may notice a trend in a few of these tips from our tips for attending a career fair, so you may be more ready than you think!)
Do your research.
- Research the company online and what makes them great (awards, client list, etc…). Take the time to look up the people you will be meeting with on LinkedIn before you come in for your interview. For technologists: look up what technologies we use, what kinds of softwares we work with...etc. For QA's: come prepared to discuss cross-browser testing, Microsoft Office, Salesforce.com, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Double-check your privacy settings on social.
- Use privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if your social media accounts don’t portray you in the light you would want an employer (or future client/customer) to see you. Nearly every recruiter and hiring manager looks at this, so use good judgment.
Complete your LinkedIn profile.
- Nowadays, your LinkedIn profile really is your resume. Odds are that there are people you will be interviewing with who checked you out on LinkedIn prior to you meeting. Doublecheck that your profile is complete and up-to-date before starting this process to put your best face forward.
- Bring a list of thoughtful questions specific to the role at this company. Ask each interviewer different questions based on his/her role within the organization. Prepare as much as you would for a meeting as if you already had the job.
Be prepared to answer, "Why us?"
- Know why you want to work at this company specifically. It shows your passion for what they do and articulates how you can add value.
Dress to impress!
- If the company has a casual dress code, reach out to the recruiter and confirm what is appropriate interviewing attire for the onsite interview.
Be on time.
- Punctuality can speak volumes. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get where you're going and know that it's okay to get there early and wait out the extra minutes in a lobby or just outside the office.
"Mind your p's and q's."
- Stand up straight, sit up straight, shake hands firmly, be confident, make eye contact, and smile! These details can be very impressionable to recruiters.
Avoid long stories.
- Try not to ramble. Too many candidates digress into long stories and lose track of the actual question that got them started. Pay attention to nonverbal cues or, better yet, ask the interviewer how much detail he/she would like you to provide in your response.
- Highlight your accomplishments in a genuine manner. Along similar lines, try to not dwell on negative experiences. A positive outlook is an important trait, so while it's important to stay honest when speaking of past experiences, focus on how you learned/grew from the experience rather than just what made it difficult.
Discuss compensation last.
- If possible, try and not ask about compensation on the first call. Doing so often signifies to a hiring manager that you are uninterested in the long-term with the company.
Send thank you's.
- Sending thank you notes shows your interest and commitment to following up. Always spell check and personalize based on the interviewers you meet. Listing the wrong name, the wrong company, or using a stock template from Google won’t go over well.
Knock 'em dead!