Career Advice Wednesday – All About Interviewing

 

Welcome to our candidate focused weekly blog.  This week we are focused on the interview, how to prep for it and what to do afterward.

Never Assume:

Prep Work:

  • In this day and age, it’s important to prepare for oddball questions and interview curveballs.  Helpful prep tips include: sharing ideas that can be implemented right away, trading the fluff for straight-forward conversation and gaining first hand experience with a company’s product.  And while you’re at it, make sure that you prepare relevant stories of moments where you persevered.  For example, write down real-life examples that can answer the following question:  “Can you tell me about a time when you almost gave up, how you felt about that, and what you did instead?”  [Mashable & INC] Continue reading

Interviews Can Be Tough – That’s Where the Prep Work Comes In

Even for the best of us, interviews can be nerve racking.  But we all have to do them and they happen to be the best way for you to gain insight into a company culture and the open position.  So what do you do?  Prepare.

Do Your Homework

Find out as much as you can about the company from your recruiter, news articles, press releases, annual reports, friends, LinkedIn and other social networks.

Make sure you thoroughly understand the position and how you can contribute by:

  • Reviewing your work history, including dates, responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Identifying your strengths and areas of expertise, as well as any areas of opportunity.
  • Thinking back to challenges that you had to overcome.
  • Writing out specific examples of achievement so that you are ready to present them. Continue reading

21 Questions to Ask an Employer at Your Next Interview

Don’t appear indifferent in your next interview.  It’s important to have a list of questions to ask the employer and/or recruiter you are meeting with so that they know you are engaged and interested.  It’s a fine balance though.  You don’t want to go overboard and make them feel like they are under fire.  So make sure to keep your list short and to the point.

Here are some example questions you can pick from: Continue reading