Interviewing is a process of elimination, not a process of selection.
LET THE COMPANY LEAD THE INTERVIEW, but be prepared with your own list of specific questions as they relate to the job you are interviewing for, and the person you are meeting with.
ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COMPANY
- How many people do they employ?
- Is this office a satellite office/main office?
- How does this office interact with others?
- Does the company have a long range forecast?
- How was the company changed since they’ve been there?
- How does this job relate to the overall structure and goals of the corporation/group/department?
ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE JOB
- What special projects are being worked on that I would be involved with? How would I spend a typical day?
- Who would I be reporting to?
- What is his/her background?
- What type of management style does he/she practice?
- How does this department interact with other departments?
- How can I improve upon the performance of the last person?
- If you have to pick one or two special characteristics that the next employee in this position should possess, what would they be?
- May I see the location of the work area?
- What challenges have you faced in the past that you’d like to avoid in the future?
- Where do I have the opportunity to make the most significant contribution to the company?
ASK THE QUESTIONS TO BUILD RAPPORT
- How did you elevate your career to your current position?
- How did you select (Company) as your employer?
- How can I make an immediate impact on the bottom line of the department/company, etc.?
- If you could change or take back any previous decisions, what would it be and how would you do it?
DO NOT ASK ABOUT – SALARY, BENEFITS, or UPWARD MOBILITY because:
SALARY – You and I will work on this together
BENEFITS – Everyone has different needs
UPWARD MOBILITY – Always refer to your ability to live up to a challenge. Your performance will determine your opportunities.
IF YOU WANT THE JOB, YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR IT!!
What, if anything, about my background or experience, would prevent us from moving forward in the process?
REFERENCES: We will provide your references; you do not need to take a list to the interview. We give the company completed references, not just a list. Let them know if they ask for references that you have provided them to Barracuda.
APPLICATION: If any, please fill it in completely and neatly – this is as much an evaluation of your attention to detail as it is informative. Speed is also a factor, don’t be a perfectionist.
THE CLIENT WANTS TO HIRE PEOPLE THEY LIKE, who like them, and show interest in the company. Take the time to prepare for each and every interview, DO NOT JUST WING IT!!!
SEND A THANK YOU NOTE!!! Send a separate letter to each individual you meet with. Make sure that each letter is different and reflects your interest in the position and company.
QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ANSWER ABOUT YOURSELF
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are you looking for in your next position?
- Where do you see yourself in the next five/ten years?
- Why does this job interest you?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What did you like best and least about your most recent job?
- What did you like best and least in your recent supervisor?
- Why do you want to leave your current company?
- When can you start?
- What salary or compensation package are you looking for?
- Why should we pick you?
- What do you have to offer us that someone else doesn’t?
- What are your significant accomplishments in your career?
- How would your previous supervisors/peers describe you?
- Don’t you think you are overqualified?
- What if you get a counter offer?
- Where did you tell your employer you are today?
REMEMBER: this is a matching process – try to answer questions that are in relation to the job you are interviewing for! Tell them the things they are interested in hearing about. By asking a lot of questions, you’ll know what they’re looking for and be able to answer their questions appropriately and keep their interest.