I. Mindset and Vision
If you have a scheduled interview through SkillSet Group, your recruiter has already done his or her job by selling your SkillSet to our client. Now it’s your job to sell yourself. We understand that sales is not everyone’s strong suit and many are not comfortable with selling themselves. There is no need to brag about your accomplishments or make false claims but there is a need to paint a beautiful picture for someone to see your value and accomplishments. Here are a few recommendations by going into the interview.
II. Make a Strong First Impression
We always recommend dressing professionally to any interview. Make sure you are prepared with a clean collared shirt, tie, slacks, or suit with professional shoes. A first impression is always key to solidifying a job and maintaining a high level of professionalism.
III. Ask The Right Questions
Pick questions that will demonstrate your interest in the job and how your SkillSet can be applied to it. This might include commenting on the news you learned from the company website and then asking a question related to it. Also ask questions about the job you will be expected to perform such as:
- What would be the day-to-day responsibilities associated with the position?
- How will my responsibilities and performance be measured and by whom?
- What is your vision for the future as the company continues to grow? In the next 5 years?
- Who is the best employee you have had in the past for this position and why were they the best in your opinion?
- What are you currently having trouble with in finding the right person? (This may be SkillSet, Direct Experience, Culture, Location, Salary, Etc.)
IV. Be Prepared
Remember to bring the following important items to the interview:
- 3 Copies of your Resume and a list of references.
- Planner or notebook with a Pen
- Copies of letter(s) of recommendation, licenses, certifications, transcripts, etc.
- Portfolio of work samples (If allowed by your former employer)
Day of the Interview:
- Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
- Go by yourself.
- Professionally dress in a manner appropriate to the job.
- Leave your Cell phone in your car or Turn off your cell phone.
- Bring your sense of humor and SMILE!
Please review a list by GlassDoor.com of the 50 most common interview questions by clicking here. Practice answering them with someone else or in front of a mirror. Come prepared with stories that relate to the skills that the employer wants while emphasizing your:
- Core SkillSets, and how they can be applied to the job.
- Your willingness to work and flexibility to meet the companies need.
- Leadership skills, certifications, and educational background.
- Contributions to the companies and organizations in which you have worked.
- Creativity in solving unique problems.
Figure out in advance how well you qualify for the job by going over each requirement listed in the job description. Make sure you have notes on how you how your experience, certifications, and education can be applied to the requirements to satisfy their needs.
It’s important to display confidence that conveys your professional approach to the interview. Make sure you do the following:
- Shake hands firmly and warmly.
- Maintain constant eye contact.
- Listen carefully and maintain a great smile.
- Give honest, direct answers.
- Develop answers in your mind before you respond. If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated or clarified.
Leave a Good Impression
- A positive end to the interview helps to ensure your success.
- Be courteous and allow the interview to end on time.
- Restate any strengths and experiences that you might not have emphasized earlier.
- Mention a particular accomplishment or activity that fits the job.
- If you want the job, say so!
- Find out if there will be additional interviews.
- Ask when the employer plans to make a decision.
- Send a thank you note to your recruiter to forward along to the appropriate individuals.