Preparing for the Face to Face Interview

BASIC INTERVIEW PREPARATION

 

An old cliché, yet an important point, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression!”
**Always remember to thoroughly prepare for the interview.**

 

You have reached the interview stage. They have asked you to come in to meet the team and tour the facility. At this point, they have already reviewed your resume in detail with us so they are knowledgeable about your employment history, background, skill set and strengths. The actual interview is a subtler, more subjective aspect of the job-hunting process. During the course of each interview, each person you meet will be forming an opinion of you and gauging your compatibility with the needs of the organization and more importantly their ability to work with you within that role. Bottom line – You’re trying to make a good impression!!

 

You need to be sincere, polite and enthusiastic about your knowledge of their company and the industry in order to secure the position.  Your resume may well have shown examples of your skills as a team player, but now you need to convince them that you fit their team. In order to make the best impression you can, you must be prepared, know what to expect and properly know how to handle things if they don’t go quite as you had planned.

 

Preparation

 

Research the Company:

  • Check out the company website. Know about their history and growth over the years.
  • Look them up in Google News/ Google them.
  • Check out other company profiles through websites like Hoovers or Yahoo finance.
  • Review any notes you have surrounding the interviewers you will meet. Try to understand their role within the organization and make sure you answer their questions with a bent toward their area of expertise.
  • Re-read the job description so you can fit your background most effectively to their needs.
  • Be ready with questions for each interviewer but focus on responsibility related issues not “what’s in it for me” questions.

 

Presenting Yourself

 

General Rules for Presenting Yourself:

  • Arrive fifteen minutes early to the interview.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume, references, notepad and pen.
  • Be polite to everyone you meet there. They all count.
  • Be personable as well as professional.
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Resignation & Counteroffers

RESIGNING

 

While resigning from your current position can be sometimes stressful, there are things you can do to facilitate the process.
  • When you meet with your boss have prepared resignation letter ready.
  • It will become a part of your permanent record, and it is for your own protection showing that you resigned properly with notice.
  • You can format it to focus on positive aspects of your career move, rather than any negative aspects of your position with the previous company.
  • Resigning can be stressful, and handing a letter can relieve some of that pressure instead of having to say I resign or I quit.
  • Do not bring up counteroffers, nor entertain one; although there are exceptions, people who have accepted counteroffers usually do not last a year. There are plenty of articles on the dangers of counteroffers.
  • Give fair notice, but ask to be relieved as soon as possible. Depending on the position, they may let you leave before your offered notice, but don’t let them talk you into extended notices. The company will get by without you. You owe your energies and loyalty to yourself and your new opportunity!
  • Review the resignation process with your Executive Search Consultant. Keep us updated. We can help keep this as smooth and painless as possible.

 

 

REASONS FOR NOT ACCEPTING A COUNTEROFFER

 

 

  1. What type of company is it to work for, where you have to threaten to resign before they pay you what you are worth?

 

  1. Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed. Are they going to make your increase retroactive in order to compensate for under-paying you over the last several years?

 

  1. Your company may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price. In many cases, you could be training your replacement.

 

  1. You now have made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on your loyalty will always be in question.

 

  1. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who was not.

 

  1. When times get rough, your employer will begin the cutback with you.

 

  1. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer. Things regarding your position and company will rarely change.

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Preparing for a Telephone Interview

Things to Remember:

  • The objective of a phone interview is to determine if the opportunity is a good fit for you and a good next step in your career. IF IT IS… Your objective is to get to the next step and get invited out by the client to meet key members of the team, see the facility, see if the opportunity is a good fit for you and a good next step in your career, etc.

 

  • Stay focused and eliminate all distractions. Make sure you won’t be interrupted by barking dogs or doorbells. Avoid speaking too fast, having music or other noises in the background, chewing or smoking, or speaking too close to the receiver… in other words, anything that may create an unpleasant image of yourself.

 

  • Always project a “positive” image.  Don’t talk negatively about past employers or position responsibilities.

 

  • Smile – the way we’re wired, it affects the tone and quality of your voice over the phone. Be enthusiastic and assertive. Phone interviews are tough in that no one shakes your hand or looks you in the eye. Percentages can vary but by most estimates, 55% of in-person communication is nonverbal, so having an upbeat tone and speaking clearly during a phone interview really matters.

 

  • Keep your resume and any notes you want to bring up by the phone. That way if a hiring manager has a question regarding something on your resume, you can reference the resume and focus on the answer.

 

  • The money question – If you get asked about your current compensation – answer honestly and accurately – don’t hedge.  Make sure to include all the things that make up your compensation – Base, Bonus, Vacation, 401K, Stock options. When they ask what you’re looking for in an offer – tell them you don’t have a “hard” number in mind but that you certainly would expect to improve on your current compensation and leave it at that.

 

  • After the conversation review the following points so we can determine how to proceed:
    1. Can you do this job?
    2. Do you want this job? Why?
    3. What about the company/position is attractive to you?
    4. What concerns do you have?
    5. What questions do you have?
    6. Do you want to continue the interviewing process for this position?

 

Prior to the phone interview, we will review the specifics unique to the individual Client with the candidate.

 

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