Interview Best Practices

We can help you ace your interview

 

The interview is clearly the most important step in the job search process.  It is essential to make a great impression.  It is not always the most qualified person who gets hired; it is often the person who interviews best.  Since interviews take practice, we are here to help you prepare so you are confident, polished and stand out from other job seekers.

 

shutterstock_54218275Try these tips:

  • Do your homework on the company, position and person you're interviewing with so you'll feel prepared.   Read their company website
  • Map out your route in advance and arrive 10-15 minutes early.
  • Always bring a few copies of your resume, a notepad and pen to take notes.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about the company.  Take interest in the interviewer’s position and experiences. It is your interview as well as theirs. Your goal is to know as much about the company, position, as well as the people you will be interfacing with on a daily basis.

Example Questions:  Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?  Can you describe the company’s management style?  What are the traits and skills of people who are most successful within the organization?  What is the size of the team?      How long have you been with the organization?  Can you tell me how you progressed in your career within the organization?  What are your company’s metrics?  What obstacles do you see that may prevent you from meeting your objectives?

  •  Practice for the interview by role playing.
  • Be excited about the company and position and always come prepared with a few questions to ask them.  See the article “The 10 Best Interview Questions to Ask” for ideas.
  • Wear a suit, make sure to iron, press or dry clean it. Socks should always be darker than your pant. Do not wear a hat.
  • Have a firm handshake. Be confident not arrogant. Do not talk in circles, stay on point.
  • Be polite say please and thank you. Do not take water or coffee if offered. Do not chew gum.
  • Appear positive, relaxed, smile and make eye contact with the person conducting the interview - it shows your enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  • During the interview, listen carefully to the entire question.  Pause to think. Internally note what kind of competencies he/she is seeking.  Take your time and answer clearly.  Be sure you are answering the specific question.
  • Keep your answers concise and professional.  Site most recent experiences.

ALWAYS utilize the STAR THEORY.

Situation Use.  Specific details about a situation

Task.  Tell what led to the situation

Action.  Detail your actions you took to resolve a specific situation

Result.  Share the outcome or the results of the situation

  • When you are describing your experiences, remember to detail your behavior and the actions you took. If you solved the situation, take your time and answer clearly, but if you did not solve it, explain where you made mistakes and the actions you should have done and how you resolved it.
  • Cite specific examples of strengths and weaknesses in your career - use these to identify how you can help benefit their company. Turn your weaknesses into positives. Example: Detailed- sometimes it takes longer to be this meticulous.
  • Listen for the pace, if you feel like you have been talking the whole time you are probably talking too much. You have a limited time to make an impression, use it wisely.
  • Do ask open-ended questions that allow the interviewer to share information about the job and the company..  Position based questions are positive.
  • At the end of the interview, ask where the employer is in the interview process, what the next steps are, and express your interest in being hired.  Do not sound desperate and do not beg for the job.
  • Send a thank you email to finish off the process.  Cynergies will send that to the client  It also puts the ball back in the employer's court.

 

INTERVIEW DONT’S

    • Never bash a current or prior job or boss, rather focus on tasks that did not work instead of coworkers or company politics.
    • Do not tell jokes, do not swear, do not use slang.  Use proper English when speaking to a hiring manager.
    • Do not interrupt. Wait until the manager has finished a complete thought before answering.
    • DO NOT ASK ABOUT SALARY.  That is an added value working with us.  If you are asked by the manager about Salary, reiterate the salary we’ve presented you at.
    • Do not slouch. Do not cross your arms. Sit up straight.  Have good posture
    • Do not wear inappropriate professional attire.  Do not have cleavage showing or tight clothes on.

 

AND THE NUMBER ONE, DO NOT DO

DO NOT bring your cell phone into the interview.   If you do, turn it off.  Do not have it sitting on the table.  Do not look at it or even touch it.  Show respect for the people you are meeting.