Recently we have been interviewing for a number of positions and I have seen a few mistakes that seem to be happening more than normal. Since there are a lot of people who are still in transition, I thought I would share 5 interviewing tips that might help:
- Show up on time. I understand there can be traffic, construction, an accident or sometimes people get lost, but perhaps planning ahead for one of those things might be in the candidate’s best interest. Recently a number of candidates have shown up 20 minutes late. Yes, you can overcome it, but it makes it much more difficult because you start things off on the wrong foot.
- Be prepared. I am still shocked by the number of candidates who don’t show up with a list of questions to ask. It shows you have done some research and thought about the position. If you do this it will separate you from some of the competition.
- Know something about your interviewer. Before you show up for an interview hopefully you are aware of the person you are interviewing with. Once you get their name, Google it. Go find them on LinkedIn, know who they are, their background and where they went to school. Information is like gold – the more you have, the better off you are. Understanding the people you are interviewing with can only help you establish a rapport during the process.
- Your experience vs. the position. Strategically think about the position and how your experience makes you a great fit! I promise drawing a link between those two things will help you a tremendous amount!
- Follow up. Regardless if you want the position or not, follow up and say thank you. Send an email or a letter – it doesn’t matter as long as you do something.
Ok now your turn:
- What do you think of my list?
- If you are looking for a job, does this list help?
- Hiring managers – what other tips do you have?
I look forward to reading your comments.