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You Landed the Interview: Candidate Interview Tips

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Congratulations on landing the interview!  Here are a few tips we recommend to candidates in preparation for the initial meeting with a hiring manager:

  • Research both the company and the hiring manager, using their LinkedIn pages and website as a tool. Always keep your eyes open to opportunities for “coincidences” or “commonalities” like working with the same client at one point or attending the same school. This makes for great conversation pieces and keeps the interview more comfortable and free flowing.
  • Review the job brief to refresh your memory on the scope of the role.
  • Keep your resume and notes handy along with at least 3 thought-out questions to ask during your interview. Here are some suggestions:
    • What is the company’s vision?
    • Where do you see the company in 5 years?
    • Describe the company’s culture and how your team makes a positive contribution to it.
    • Share your experience working for the company thus far.
    • What is the possible career path for this position?
    • How do you handle difficult clients/employees?
    • What metrics are in place to determine whether the individual hired is successful in 3- months, 6-months and 1 year?
    • Could you walk me through the type of training provided for new hires?
  • Dress for success, regardless of the position, always dress professionally, even for virtual interviews.
  • For virtual interviews, ensure a stable connection to the internet and power (device is fully charged or plugged in) before your meeting. Our recommendation is to log in 5-10 minutes early. In addition, ensure the background you are taking your call is tidy, neat, and free of any possible distractions (this includes other individuals and pets).
  • Whether in person or virtually, during your interview, remember to maintain great eye contact, and avoid fidgeting or other distracting body movement.
  • To better prepare for your interview, here are some common questions hiring managers may ask:
    • How will you contribute to the success of our company, what will you bring to the table?
    • What are you hoping to achieve in this new opportunity?
    • Give us an example where you resolved a recurring issue with a system or process at work?
    • What’s an area that’s an opportunity for growth for you?
  • Have some successes to share, making sure you communicate a beginning, middle, and end to each example. Be able to support your successes with concrete examples and not generalizations.
  • Be prepared to share 2 failures that you’ve learned a good lesson from.  It might not come up but it’s good to be prepared with cohesive examples.
  • After your interview, we highly recommend sending a thank you email within 24 hours. This is an opportunity to reiterate your experience, highlight your successes and share why you would be the perfect candidate for the role.
  • One final note, relax and have fun.  Be your comfortable self and remember that hiring managers like confidence but not arrogance.

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