Keys to Crush Your Intro Interview
October 8, 2022
October 8, 2022
“Tell us a little bit about yourself,” is probably one of the worst questions an interviewer can ask, and yet it’s a staple of nearly every job interview.
Where are you supposed to start? Your childhood, your first job, what you had for breakfast last week?
The problem with this question is that it’s vague, open-ended, and ultimately doesn’t get to the point of the entire conversation, which is why they should hire you in the first place.
Sadly, that’s the nature of job interviews. Even when you’re fully qualified for the position, they can be awkward, tricky, and tough to prepare for.
And while there’s not much we can say that will guarantee that you’ll ace your interviews, these are a few important steps you need to take if you want to make sure that you don’t blow it.
PRO TIPS at the end….
The Big Idea: When you’re competing against candidates with similar abilities and experiences, it’s your personality that can help you rise above them.
Bottom Line: Your resume tells people what you can do. Your interview tells them who you are. The more you’re able to make it feel like a conversation rather than an interrogation, the better impression you’ll make on the hiring manager.
The Big Idea: Interviews can be intimidating because of all the unknowns. Make yourself comfortable by learning as much as you can about the company, the hiring manager and the interview process.
Bottom Line: Doing research will allow you to give stronger and more detailed answers to interview questions and will let you show that your skills and goals are aligned with what they’re looking for.
The Big Idea: There’s a point in almost every interview where they’ll hand you the mic and ask if there’s anything you’d like to know about the company. Use this time to ask about more than their PTO policies.
Bottom Line: Asking specific and informed questions is a great way to demonstrate that you have a real interest in the position.
Pro tip #1. In this world of online interviews, get to the room early so you can troubleshoot if you’re Zoom or Gmeet isn’t connecting. You don’t want to do all of the above, only to have to apologize for being a few minutes late because you had to reset your router.
Pro tip #2: Lock your social media down. Make it private. Just like you should do your research, they will do theirs.
Whether you’re a company looking to attract the brightest minds in your industry or a candidate looking for a career change, we are here to help. We can fill your short/long term opportunities or a direct hire need.