|Tips for Candidates...
We know that you have years of professional experience; however, we want to remind you of a few simple but important ideas for the interview.
- First impressions are lasting. Be early. Wear a suit and tie (Black or Blue with White shirt for dinner and interview).
- Answers are more likely remembered if told in a “story” format so answer interview questions by telling a story in the STAR format—Situation/Task, Actions, Results.
- Have at least 7 STAR examples to discuss during the interview.
- Research the company. Talk with people that currently work there or have in the past to understand the top 5 issues that are keeping the executives up at night.
- Show that you know about the company right away (but don’t be an expert).
- During the interview, ask questions to get to the “big picture” of what the organization is doing and not just discussing the job description.
- Be sure not to use too much “I” during the interview. Understand what the manager needs to get accomplished in the next 6 months/year and set deliverables—talk as if you already have the job.
- Prepare 3-5 strategic and 3-5 tactical questions to ask (no less than 2 questions). Never ask about compensation, benefits, time off, etc. Ask the recruiter instead.
a.) Ideally where do you want the division to be in 3 years, 5 years?
b.) What made the previous individual in this role successful;
how could they have performed better?
- Close the Hiring Manager—your style:
a.) “I’ve enjoyed the time, do you have any concerns with my background?”
b.) “Can I have your support in moving to the next step? If yes, then what
are the next steps?”
c.) Ask for the job!
- Email a “thank you” separately to all who have interviewed you.
- Reiterate your strengths as to why you are a good fit
- Take the opportunity to add additional information
- Also, write a handwritten note to follow
- Follow up with your recruiter immediately after you are finished.
a.) The Hiring Manager will ask if you have followed up.
b.) They view this follow-up as an indication of interest and how you
would follow up with a customer/manager.
- Contact your references before the company contacts them in order to prepare your reference check.
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