Rock your Interview in 5 Easy Steps

“We’d like to bring you in for an interview…”

That statement has the power to evoke both excitement and terror in the same breath. Interviews are wonderful in that they are the gateway to new opportunities, and vomit-inducing because of the high stakes that go along with them. But if you can manage to push the nerves aside and follow these 5 tips, you will be on the path to interview success.

1. Do your research. We know, you’ve heard this one before. But really, please, dig deep. Google is a beautiful tool – use it! It will spew facts (and fiction) at you for days, so take everything that you read with a grain of salt, and always consider the source. Glassdoor is another great resource if you are looking for salary information and reviews from current or former employees. So go crazy, learn a thing or two about the company you are interviewing with, and blow them away when they ask what you know about them. Plus, as you research you’ll be able to better assess if the company is a good fit for you. If you are passionate about social responsibility, but there is nothing listed about that on the company’s website, then you’ll know to ask them about it during the interview. Ideally, you’ll be able to rattle off information about the company as if you had founded it yourself.

2. Dress the part. Notice that it doesn’t read “wear a suit.” In today’s job market, wearing a suit isn’t always the best option. We have a rule here at Conexess that you should always dress at or above the level of the person with whom you’re meeting. If they wear jeans in their office, wear jeans. If they wear suits in their office, wear a suit. That being said, dressing to impress will never let you down – always better to be overdressed than under-dressed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Re-familiarize yourself with your resume. The interviewers will ask you to expand on the information that is listed on your resume. If it has been a few years since you looked for a job, make sure that your resume is up-to-date and that you’ve spent time reviewing the information to ensure that it is still relevant.

4. Be on time!! Showing up late for an interview, regardless of the excuse, is the equivalent of showing up late for your own wedding. Okay that’s a little bit dramatic, but being late makes you come off as rude, nonchalant, and unprepared. Unless you’re intentionally trying to bomb the interview (don’t do that), you won’t want to embody any of those negative characteristics. So be on time, early even, and start the interview off on the right foot.

5. Use your manners. Always always always write a thank you note after the interview. Even if you thought it was a total trainwreck, even if the guy who interviewed you was a jerk, even if you no longer want the position – write a thank you note. It’s the polite thing to do, and will leave the interviewers with a positive impression.

 

Regardless of the outcome of your interview, following these steps will ensure that you walk out of the interview with your head held high, knowing that you gave it your best shot. And at the end of the day, what more can you really ask for?

What interview tips do you have to share? Leave one in a comment below, and check out this post for a list of Interview Dos and Don’ts 🙂

Interview Dos and Don’ts: the inside scoop

Working in the IT staffing industry means hard work, long hours, and GREAT stories. Here is a compilation of interview dos & don’ts, anecdotes, and downright ridiculous situations. We hope they tickle your funny bone, and cause you to think twice before your next interview.

  • DO show up for the interview. Common sense? Apparently not. If you have an interview scheduled, don’t bail without any notice, people. Rescheduling with a busy hiring manager is next to impossible, so if you get an interview, don’t blow it off.
  • DON’T threaten to “blacklist” your recruiter. If you have an issue, talk it out. They want to help you, but communication is key. Plus, it’s an empty threat – everyone knows that blacklisting hasn’t been effective since McCarthyism.

**If you walk into an interview and immediately announce that you refuse to work for the posted salary and need X amount more, it makes you look greedy, your recruiter look misinformed, and wastes the interviewer’s time. Refer to previous bullet point – communication with recruiters. It’s a beautiful thing.**

  • DO your homework! Don’t expect to be able to breeze through an interview without even knowing what the company does.
  • DON’T be typing on your computer during a phone interview. The interviewer will either think that you’re Googling answers to his questions, or that you’re a double agent trying to steal his hiring process.
  • DO always bring some form of identification, or else you’ll have to be interviewed in the lobby when you can’t get past security. And that’s just awkward.

**If you choose to get your resume done professionally, make sure that they don’t embellish to the point of lying. It will be extremely uncomfortable for you when the interviewer asks about your extensive knowledge of the Spanish language, and all you have to say is “yo quiero Taco Bell.”**

  • DON’T walk out in the middle of an interview. Even if you get stumped on a question. Stick it out, no need to be rude.
  • DO shower, brush your teeth, and dress appropriately for your interview. Some recruiters have been known to give away their own jackets, and rush candidates in for emergency haircuts before interviews….but it’s always best to be prepared.

The moral of this blog post is to please please please trust your recruiter (especially if he/she works at Conexess 😉 ). If you listen to what they have to say, and can effectively communicate your wants and needs to them, you will be in great shape for landing a rockstar* job!

 

*Disclaimer: not an actual rockstar, we don’t do that kind of staffing.