We asked our recruiters for interview “Do’s & Don’ts”. They all agree on what can make or break your chances for landing a job. They also share insight on things to avoid.
Research the company to have an understanding of what they do, what the position entails, and prepare questions to ask about how you can make that company more successful. On the flip side, don’t talk negatively about past employers/jobs or be unprepared. This would make me think you aren’t very interested in working at the company. Lastly, don’t show up late.
– Liz George, Precast Operations Recruiter
I think the most important thing you can do is show your interest in the company by taking the time to learn about them, what they do, etc. In turn, the worst mistake would be to know nothing about the company going into the meeting.
– Kevin Lissow, Senior Corporate Recruiter
Do your research! Make sure you have a good understanding of the company and demonstrate that knowledge during the interview. Research commonly asked questions in the field you are interviewing for and prepare your answers for those questions. Practice speaking your answers to ensure you can smoothly answer those questions if asked. The worst mistake you can make is not knowing who you are interviewing with or what position you are interviewing for (yes, this does happen!).
– Erin Pummell, Operations Recruiter, Oldcastle Lawn and Garden
Research the company thoroughly by looking at the website, Hoovers, Bloomberg, and social media. Interview prep should also include extracting key information from the job posting/description to highlight how your experience and skill set would translate, and where you can make the largest impact. Ultimately, the goal is to differentiate yourself from the competition, and you must be able to understand what the company does, and how you can add value. The worst mistake you can make is to ask about salary before you discuss the opportunity.
– Matt Kaul, Corporate Recruiter, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Learn about the company, and come up with at least two questions: one about the company (or office) in general and one about the job specifically. It’s also important to “close” the interview by thanking the interviewer for their time and stating clearly that you are interested in the position. Any ambiguity here is bad – you want the interviewer to come back to their boss and say “wow that guy/gal is amazing and they are really interested!”
I would say one big mistake is not having a concise, clear resume. People sometimes don’t put dates on a resume, or don’t put things in the correct order. Recruiters don’t have time to play detective and sort out work histories. If we can’t sort out your career progression and timeline, we’ll move on to the candidate who did put that out clearly for us.
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