Monday, February 26, 2007

Interviewing Tips

In today's candidate driven market, there are more positions open and available than there are qualified candidates to fill them. As such, we as recruiters are finding that more candidates are actively interviewing on a regular basis. In an effort to keep you ahead of the game, and other candidates, I have provided some interviewing tips below. As always, I welcome your feedback -

  • Always research the company and get as much information as possible about the position prior to your interview. Having company information shows the interviewer you are serious about the opportunity and the company.
  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early for your interview - but no more than 15 minutes.
  • Always have at least three copies of your resume. Do not assume the interviewer already has a copy.
  • Be on your toes at all times and with every person you meet: secretary, company employees you pass in the hallways, etc. While these individuals may not directly be involved with your interview, their impressions and feedback can influence your candidacy.
  • A candidate who tells an interviewer they do not have any questions is making a HUGE mistake. Always have a couple of well thought-out questions prepared to ask an interviewer. Asking serious, probing questions demonstrates you interest in the opportunity.
  • Never bring up salary. Let the interviewer do it first. Good salespeople sell their products thoroughly before talking price. So should you. Make the interviewer want you first and your bargaining position will be much stronger. Stress opportunity and growth, not salary, early in the interview process.
  • Finally, Ask For The Job!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great tips...thanks!