From a Recruiter’s Viewpoint Vol. 28

In this Issue:
Interview Preparation

After competing hard to finally get an interview, make sure that you are fully prepared. It can take just one simple interview question to make or break you. Here are four standard interview questions that you must be ready for.

Tell Me About Yourself

Focus on those things in your background that will make you well suited for the position. Use your elevator pitch to clearly state who you are and what you bring to the table.  Don’t reiterate what’s on your resume.

What Is Your Biggest Weakness?

Don’t state a strength as your weakness. That is a worn out response. Name a weakness that won’t hurt your chances at the job. Examples are weak keyboarding/typing skills or getting nervous when speaking in front of groups. Recognize your weakness as something you’re always working on to improve yourself.

What Do You Know About Our Company?

Research the most recent news about the company and start a dialogue about the direction the business is moving in. The biggest mistake you can make is not knowing anything about the company.

Do You Have Any Questions?

The best answer to this question is to start a conversation by asking the interviewer more about how they started at the company, and even what they love most about their job. What attributes do their most successful employees share?  Turning the interview into a conversation with the interviewer talking about themselves and their company is a winning strategy.

In summary, always be yourself and not who you think they want to see. If this is not a match, you both want to find out now and not after you are hired. The old adage is that whoever talks the least in an interview wins. Get the interviewer talking and explaining their needs, their company culture, etc. and you’ll know what to focus on in your responses. Be prepared, be concise, be personable, don’t oversell but show your sincere interest in the person, the position and the company.  Resumes are key to getting interviews.  Interviews are key to getting job offers.  Get The Offer!

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