Are you ready to Turn your next interview into a job offer?
Are you preparing for an interview for the job of your dreams? Are you a recent grad and want to ace your first interview? Whether you answered yes to either of these, or fall somewhere in the middle, this resource has everything you need to know to ace your next interview and turn it into a job offer.
As a continuation of our Dream Job Series following our Working With A Recruiter Resource, this Interview Resource will provide you with our top interview tips, from what to do before, during, and after your interview, as well as what not to do.
24 Seven recruiters host interviews both in-person and over the phone all day, every day. With 20 years of experience in recruiting, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the “did that really just happen?” when it comes to interviews.
- Do your research
- Be prepared to demonstrate your value
- Dress for success
Check out the full list of tips from our expert recruiters here!
Top Interview Tips and How To Avoid Them
Now that you have all the tips, it is important to note what not to do during your interview. Everyone wants to put their best foot forward for their potential employer, yet these common interview mistakes are seen way too often. Take our advice and be sure to avoid these mistakes to ace your interview!
- Stretching the truth - Though it may be easy to stretch the truth on paper, it is never advised on a resume and especially not in an interview.
- You’re late - It should go without saying, but you definitely do not want to be late to your interview, this includes both phone and in-person interviews. You don’t want your first words to be, “Sorry I’m late.”
- Actions speak louder than words – don’t check your phone, be aware of your body language, don’t bring snacks or anything to distract you in your pocket or on your body
Top Qualities Interviewers Look For
We know that there isn’t a perfect study guide for interviews, but we have put together the top 4 things your interviewer will be looking for so you can prepare to the best of your abilities.
Are you a culture fit?
Interviewers want to know that you think you will fit the company culture based on your research of the company, but they will be doing an assessment of their own as well. Throughout the conversation, your interviewer will be considering how well you will match the rest of the employees. Before the interview, check on LinkedIn to see who is on the team, and while you are in the office be sure to look out for different personalities and work ethics so that you can assess if you fit with the current dynamics and personalities in the office.
Do you have the proper skills?
Your skills on your resume are most likely what got you the interview to begin with, so be sure you are able to articulate past projects you worked on, applications you used, and other real life examples of your relevant experience. Interviewers look for confidence in your expertise and want to know that you understand what you are talking about and how you will bring your skills to their company.
How do you work under pressure?
Be mindful of how you present yourself. While interviews are nerve wrecking, this meeting should not be as nerve wrecking as presenting to a board of executives or falling behind on an upcoming deadline. With your nerves aside, put your best foot forward to show your motivation, work ethic, leadership skills, and how you will engage with potential customers, clients, and peers.
Want to know the other quality interviewers look for? Read the full post here!
originally answer the most unoriginal interview questions
We sat down with our Senior Recruiter Rachel Zimmerman and she told us her most original answers to the most unoriginal interview questions.
What are your strengths?
She quoted a job seeker who said, “I think of myself like play dough. I can morph into any shape my atmosphere requires me to. I don’t crack under pressure. I have a bright outlook on my career & opportunities. Not to brag, but people tell me I am fun to be around.”
Would you hire this person? Because we certainly would!
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
One answer that really stood out to Rachel, was when a candidate replied, “I feel that I’m a natural born leader. I grew up with 4 younger brothers and sisters so you could say I learned how to manage people from a very young age.”
This answer shows the candidate is clever and has leadership ability, both of which are great attributes of a potential employee.
Why do you want this job?
Our senior recruiter recalls being told, “You mean besides to pay my bills? I want to be a part of a strong culture. One that promotes, supports and teaches as much as it listens.” Wow. We couldn’t have answered any better ourselves!
For more unoriginal questions with original answers, click here to read the full post.
Post Interview Thank You Note
Now that you have had a successful interview, knew what to do and what to avoid, how to behave, and how to answer questions, it’s time to say thank you.
Here are a few thank you note do’s from the team at 24 Seven Talent :
Some key tips to help with thank you notes:
- Keep it simple
- Reiterate your interest in both the role and the company
- Proofread the message and correct any errors
- Send a note, even if you aren’t interested in the job
Click here for more tips plus what you don’t want to do in your thank you note!
Take the extra step
You just might be surprised to find that a thank you message could be the one detail that lands you a job over other qualified candidates. Take this extra step and incorporate all of the above tips and tricks in your interviewing process to stand out from everyone else.
For more interview tips, be sure to follow us on Instagram where our Recruiters give their expert tips for job hunting every Tuesday for #TipTuesday!