90% of hiring is based solely upon the interviews themselves according to a Harvard Business Review study. In the majority of cases, the Hiring Manager makes his/her decision in the first 5 to 10 minutes of an interview. So, it’s important to prepare and spend time with your Vision Search Recruiter to better understand whom you will be interviewing with, the culture of the company, and the issues that may be focused on.
Being prepared for an interview is vital.
- People hire and accept emotionally first and justify logically later.
- People are most sold by your conviction rather than by your persuasion.
- Know your technology, but think PEOPLE.
- The decision to hire is made in the first 10 minutes of the interview, with the remaining time spent justifying that decision.
- Most people prefer to be around positive people. Be happy, engaged and in the moment.
- Look the part – dress to fit the culture.
- Do your homework on the company in advance.
- Be clear, consise and on point with your responses. Don’t run on.
- Know what your 3 strengths are relative to the job description and find a way to weave them into the interview discussion.
- Be prepared for behavorial and situational type questions. Research.
- Take extra resumes, the job description and note pad to the interview.
- At the closing of the interview make a brief closing remark, let them know you’re interested in the company and opportunity, and ask for the their business card(s).
- Send a follow-up email to each person you interviewed with. Keep it short and sweet – customized slightly for each person.
- Don’t ask about compensation, benefits or vacation time–at least not on the first interview.
- Don’t ask about flex time, working from a home or vitual office.
- Don’t ask basic questions about the company – things you should know from personal research and preparation.
- Don’t bring up negative stories about a current or previous company or boss.
- From the job description, what do you see as the primary duties and responsibilities of the position – the most important elements? This is an excellent icebreaker question for you to ask The Hiring Authority and a great start to a successful interview becuase it forces them to extract the key things they are looking for from a candidate and it gives you a chance to address the items and how you fit during the interview.
- What are the short and long term goals set for the person in this position?
- Who by title and function does this position interact with the most – you need to understand who your Peers will be and who you will work with and for most often.
- How is the performance of this position measured?
- How are decisions made within the department and the company?
- How does the reporting structure work for this position? Get an understanding not only of who your Manager is, but who they report to – all the way to the top of the organization chart by title.
- How would you describe the company culture?
- What do you like most about working for this company – the things that attracted and keep you here?