Top 5 Tips for Interviewing

October 5, 2016 · steveverbanic · · Comments

I have been a recruiter for a long time… and by long time I mean back in the days of 3 x 5 cards, fax machines, spending prime time smiling and dialing.  So when I meet people that aren’t in the recruiting field they always tell me about a horrible interview story they want to share and ask me for interview tips.  So I wanted to give you my top 5 tips for interviewing in no particular order.

  • DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  Know the company. Visit their website, understand their mission statement or vision, the company history, important names and check for any recent news items and press releases. Talk to your peers to see if they know anything about this organization.
  • BACK TO BASICS! Bring a pad folio to the interview (+2 pens)! Impress the interviewer with the knowledge that you have brought from doing your homework.
  • LinkedIn is your friend. Please look up the person you will be meeting with.  Also check out from HR to managers, directors, and up to the “C-level” executives.  Not just to put a face with a name, but, as all experienced LinkedIn users know, we can see who has been looking at our profile and we will be impressed to see that you did your homework.
  • Bring a list of questions. Your going to have to trust me on this! There is nothing more disheartening to an interviewer, then when they ask, “Do you have any questions?”  And the interviewee says “Nope, can’t think of a one” (long silence)   ….. UGH…    Please, write down 5 questions EVEN if you already know the answers.  Some examples of questions could be:
    • what is the 30, 60, 90 day plans
    • KPI’s and expectations
    • why is this position available
    • I recently saw the article online (or in the WSJ) how does this affect/effect…….
    • How does this position fit into the organization and plans for the future
  • Write it down. Not just surface level questions, ask deep dive questions to let the interviewer know you have more than just a surface level knowledge of the role.  Write them down because:
    • It is hard to remember what you wanted to ask after an hour interview
    • It looks professional
    • You give the impression you took this interview seriously

Firm handshake, good eye contact and I wish you the best of luck on your interviews!