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Interviewing for the Job!

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Alastair Knowles

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Interviewing for the Job!
-Alastair Knowles-

Interviewer -
objectives are to:
determine how good of a fit the candidate is for the position and the company, make the candidate feel comfortable (and maybe under pressure), get to know the candidate as a person (beyond their resume), determine how the candidate is different from all of the other candidates for the role, determine how interested in/excited for the role the candidate is, and provide the candidate with a clear understanding of the role they're applying for and the company they're applying to.
Interviewee -
objectives are to:
demonstrate professional credibility, knowledge of the company and position, excitement regarding both, be personable and likeable, appear highly prepared, ask solid questions, make and leave a good impression, differentiate themselves from the rest of the field, determine their interest level in the role, and leave no doubt in the mind of the interviewer regarding their ability to successfully fill the role in question.

Know where you're going and how long it'll take to get there!
Being late for an interview can be the determinant factor in whether or not you are considered for the position - or even interviewed for it. Know where you're going, map-quest it, plug it into Google maps, review the route to make sure you know where you're going, print/save a copy of the directions, and plan to be there about 15 - 30 minutes early (this also gives you time to use the restroom and go over your notes one last time before the interview begins).
Prepare Questions! and Practice Interviewing!
If you're not asking questions at an interview you're not interested in the job or doing your due diligence. You should think of questions beforehand and bring them with you - already written out - and be ready to ask them.
DO:
Provide a firm handshake (not bone crushing)
Bring hard copies of your resume.
Make good eye contact with all interviewers.
Smile and demonstrate energy and enthusiasm.
Provide
specific

examples
of past experiences and their outcomes when answering questions.
Discuss what you did in past roles that went
beyond
your roles' responsibilities (everyone should be worth a little more than their paid).
Confirm that you've answered questions clearly and comprehensively ("Does that answer your question?")
Take notes and ask relevant questions (prepared questions and questions you think of during the interview).
Let your personality shine through! The interview is about getting to know you as a person as well as a professional. People hire
people
- not pieces of paper with credentials.
Thank them for their time before you leave and ask what the next steps are and when you can expect to hear from them.
Do Not!
Be the first person to bring up salary.
Arrive at an interview without a desired salary (range of salary) in mind, based on your value which you've researched.
Excuse yourself during the interview for any reason short of an emergency - using the restroom and leaving early because something 'came up at the last minute' usually don't qualify as emergencies (you should give yourself 30 minutes more than the interview is scheduled to run when you plan).
Misrepresent yourself or your past experiences.
Ask personal questions of the interviewers or anyone you meet.
Throw any previous employer or supervisor under the bus for any reason.
Forget to thank the receptionist - and anyone else you met on your way in - for hosting you.
Forget to send a thank-you email or card following the interview.
Drink Alcohol etc. - even if they are.
After the Interview
Send a thank you note to those who interviewed you - this can be in email format or an actual card.
Set a reminder to follow up with the hiring manager by the EOD that they let you know you could expect to hear from them regarding next steps - this isn't to apply pressure but to demonstrate interest, organization and initiative.
Actually follow up with the hiring manager when you commit to! When you do, be sure to reiterate your interest in the position and your appreciation for being considered for it.
Don't become complacent in your job-search (if you're actively searching). You should never
expect
to get the job - to successfully land a solid job you need to be working at making it happen every day until it happens.
Comprehensively Research the Following:
The Company (not just its website but reviews, interview experiences, and press as well).

(Glassdoor.com and Indeed.com can help)
The Position (especially if the job-script is unclear or if it's a role you're unfamiliar with).
Clearly understand the role.
Your value - how much someone working in a role similar to the one you're applying for is worth (keep in mind things such as - the size of the company, the location of the job, and whether it's a contract or not when researching similar roles)


(Glassdoor.com and Indeed.com and Salary.com can help)
The person who will be interviewing you (if possible) - NOT so you can discuss their past with them, but so you can have an understanding of who they are..
BEFORE the Interview
ALSO - Review your resume and LinkedIn profile to make sure that it looks the way you want it to. You should also be prepared to speak on both of them if asked.
Some Questions you SHOULD ask at every interview:
What traits and skills do people who succeed in this kind of role typically share?

What do people who are new to this role typically find most challenging about it?

What's your management style? (if you're interviewing with the hiring manager).

Based on what you now know about me - is there anything about me that you think might prevent me from being successful in this role?
If/when they answer with specifics, attempt to put their mind at ease before the interview is over. For example: "I understand that you are looking for someone with more experience than me - I've always been a fast learner as evidenced by my past experiences and I am confident that I'd be able to get up to speed very quickly and in a manner that won't prevent me from being successful in this role." This gives you a chance to strengthen your credentials with the interviewer, in person.
During the Interview!
Look up common interview questions, and practice answering them with someone who will give you honest and productive feedback. If you can find common questions for the industry/organization you're interested in, that's even better!
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