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6 steps to prep for your upcoming interview

Being prepared for your interview, whether in-person or over the phone can be the biggest difference between getting a job offer and not. I’ve always felt that being prepared is totally in the control of the candidate, but it requires some time and effort. If it’s a job worth getting…it’s worth putting in the time.

Here are 6 simple rules to follow:

Step 1- Have energy and be enthusiastic

People hire people. With all the automation and the lack of personalization in today’s job search market, it’s ever more important to show off your people skills! By showing your energy and enthusiasm for the company and position, you will set yourself apart from the competition. I promise!

Step 2- Be an active participant in the interview

Take an active role early in the interview.  What do I mean about being active? Well, start asking questions early. For example, you can ask the hiring manager what he/she is looking for in the position.  If you can ask them early what they are looking for in the ideal candidate or what’s more important about the role, this will give you a road map for the rest of the interview.  It’s your job to address what the hiring manager is looking for throughout the rest of the interview. It’s not easy to do, but if you get good at this skill, your interview skills will go through the roof!

Step 3- Be Prepared

Do you know your resume? Make sure you do, those random and obscure technologies, get them off. You don’t want a hiring manager tripping you up on stuff that isn’t important. Stay POSITIVE about your reasons for making changes in your employment. Make sure you’re able to talk through relevant projects, what was your role, accomplishments, etc. Practice at home to make sure it’s concise, succinct and easy to follow. I always say “don’t go around the block to get next door”…AKA…don’t be long winded!

Who are you interviewing with? Check out their Linkedin profile and see if you have anything in common with them. Make sure you’re able to talk about the company, products, services and technologies they use. Why do you want to work for the firm?

Step 4 - Ask Good Questions

Do your homework on the company and the person you are going to be meeting and have some relevant questions to ask.  Questions about growth potential at the company, new product or funding, why did he/she come to the company. These are all great questions. Do not get hung up with benefits, work life balance, or telecommuting question. These may be important to you, but they are best left until after you’ve received an offer or late in the process with the appropriate person.

Step 5- No Money Talk

Do not discuss compensation.  The client will ask what you are currently earning or what you’re looking to make (depending on where you live they may not be able to ask you what your current compensation is). Be honest down to the penny, include any bonus and equity components you have. He/she will ask you what you are looking for, a great one line answer, “I looking for the most competitive offer and will entertain any fair and marketable offer, compensation is only one factor for me. What do you have in mind based on my experience”?. 

Step 6- Show interest and have a close strong

As the interview wraps up make sure you tell the interviewer that you are interested in the position and why. Ask them where things go from here? Lastly, you can ask the interviewer if there are any concerns or additional information they need to clarify. This is critical, as you don’t want them to leave the interview with concerns you haven’t had the chance to address.