Interview Tips: 8 Ways to Nail your Interview

By Nick Curtin

Last week we delved into the nine mistakes to avoid during the interview process, now we are going to over the eight ways you can nail your interview. As you read the following, you may notice there are similarities between tips between each list.

Research the Company Beforehand 

It is of the utmost importance that you research the company you are interviewing with for your future position. Visit their website, memorize the leadership of the company, go to their products, and media page. Not only are you showing that you are a proactive candidate, but you are also able to speak to the company’s business interests, leadership, and current events.

Be Prepared – You Only Get One First Impression 

So make it count! Be sure to dress to impress. Have an organized interview kit that consists of several copies of your professional resumes, notepad, pen, water, and a list of questions for the interviewer. Also, be sure to give a firm hand shake and kind smile when you greet your interviewer.

Body Language 

90% of what you are saying is not coming out of your mouth. At all times be sure to maintain proper posture, good eye contact (do not grill your interviewer, but when they engage with you make sure to look directly back at them), and try your best not to fidget. Helpful hint to fellow fidgeters: Flex your calf muscles if you feel a temptation to start fidgeting. I do not know why, but it works.

Be Yourself 

The company that you are interviewing with are going to hire the person that is in the interview room. Pretending to be someone else could not only come off as  unauthentic, but if you are hired, you are only setting yourself up for failure because they did not actually hire you. On that note, do not lie on your resume. If you are being hired on the fact that you are an expert with JAVA and C++ and the only experience you actually have with that is watching a couple YouTube videos prior to the interview, you are wasting the company’s time and your time because you will not last. At the end of the day if you are not a good match, then you are not a good match.

Be Confident 

Confidence plays a direct role in being yourself and presenting good body language. You have an interview, your foot is in the door! Clearly, they liked what your resume/cover letter had to offer and the interviewer is willing to clear part of their day to meet with you. Now that you have that door open, do not let them shut it. Recognize that you are a valuable commodity and be sure when you leave that room that you have proved how beneficial your addition will be to their team.

Interview the Interviewer 

It is important to realize that the hiring process is a symbiotic relationship – the company acquires talent and the candidate gains employment. This should put a fair amount of power in the candidate’s hands, you should be interviewing interviewer just as much. Inquire about the direction of the company, the team dynamic, overarching strategy, how can they improve their market position, possible future changes, how much they made last year before taxes, etc. Okay, clearly that last question is a bad idea, but you get my point. Within your interview kit should be a list of applicable questions that pertain to the job and the company itself.

Read Last Week’s Article – Interview Tips: Nine Mistakes to Avoid 

Knowing what not to do is almost as important as knowing what to do. Click here to find out the mistakes to avoid.

Follow Up 

When you leave the interview, provide another firm handshake, reaffirm your desire for the position, thank the interviewer for their time, and ask for the business card. When you get home, promptly write and mail a hand written letter reiterating your thankfulness, desire for the position, and your eagerness to hear from them soon. Sending this note via email will get the same point across, but the personal touch is often amiss in today’s world and may separate you from the pack.

There you have it. The eight ways to nail your interview: researching the company, be prepared, use good body language, be yourself, be confident, interview the interviewer, read the mistakes to avoid article, and be sure to follow up. Apollo Professional Solutions passes along these same techniques to the contractors we staff throughout the United States, perhaps that’s why we have such a great interview to offer ratio. Care to find out more? Click here to contacts us.

 

 

 

 

Interview Tips: 9 Mistakes to Avoid

By Nick Curtin

The interview process has a myriad of emotional pitfalls and peaks as a candidate cycles through in order to attain “the” job.  Here are 9 mistakes to avoid during this process and ease the stress levels, in an otherwise already tense environment.

Arriving late

The point of scheduling an interview is to find a suitable time for both the hiring manager and the candidate. As a candidate, it is important for you to understand that the hiring manager has apportioned the scheduled time to stop working and focus on you. Rule #76 No excuses play a like a champion. Don’t be late.

Dressed inappropriately

Whether you are interviewing for a position in the warehouse environment or as a business analyst, you should be dressed professionally unless told otherwise. Remember that you are a company-of-one and the hiring manager is the customer. Put yourself in the best position to succeed.

Being unprepared 

You should have two things as you walk into that interview: a resume tailored to the position and knowledge of the company. Presenting a professional resume that targets key indicators for the hiring manager will provide a foundation of proof as why you should be hired. Researching your potential employers website, products, and media articles will allow you to integrate yourself and provide a strong first impression.

Fidgeting 

Fidgeting can portray yourself in a negative light. It can make you appearer unconfident, impatient, or distracted.

Using your phone/leaving it on

Before you even enter the building or office of your potential employer, your phone should be off. Having your phone ring during the interview is a bad distraction and will negatively impact your interview. If your phone should ring, under no circumstances do you pull your phone out.

Talk about salary too soon 

Pushing the conversation of the interview towards salary to early can lead to bad interview. Money is important, but a hiring manger may think that you are only interested in the money and not the values of the company. Let the hiring manager bring it up and negotiate from there.

Badmouthing past employers 

You may be asked about your past experiences or places of employment during the interview. It is of the utmost importance that you do not take this as an opening to badmouth them. This is a chance to talk about your accomplishments and competencies acquired there.  If you did struggle with  your past company then talk about how you worked within the confines of adversity to overcome and succeed.

Talking too much and not listening enough 

Be sure to offer succinct, concise answers to the hiring managers questions. More importantly, don’t let the interview boil down to just a Q&A. If you have prepared for the interview, pay attention to what the hiring manager is saying and utilize that to have a conversation.  This may allow you to identify with your interviewer on another level and separate yourself from the pack.

Forget to thank the hiring manager 

As previously stated about not arriving late, the hiring manager has blocked out a specific time to meet with you, that should make you feel pretty important. Remember to thank them for their time, ask for their card, and a give them a firm handshake. Later that day or the next day, send the hiring manger an email thanking them again and that you look forward to hearing from them soon.

Best of luck on your future interviews, just make sure to avoid these 9 mistakes and you’ll be gold. For further information please contact us!