Monthly Archive for November, 2011

Job Interview Advice

I’ve been interviewing folks again, and I’ve got some advice for those of you interviewing. If you find yourself in an interview situation, please remember these points:

  • Arrive early. Go to the bathroom and make sure you’re presentable. Wash your hands. Then proceed to the office looking your best and confident of your first impressions.
  • Be prepared for any question, no matter what stage you think the process is in. Every answer you give matters.
  • If you’re interviewing with multiple people, don’t assume they’ve talked to each other about you. Answer the same questions with the same answers if needed.
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume on simple but heavy paper.
  • Ask questions when given the opportunity
  • Ask good questions that show you understand business
  • Ask questions that show you care about the job and the company you’re interviewing with
  • Ask questions about the job, and about the culture of the company
  • When the interviewer says “do you have any questions for us?” don’t just say, “nope, I think I’m good” – it sends the wrong signals.
  • Act interested. Sit up during the interview. Don’t lean back.
  • Pay attention to what your body is saying to the interviewer. Don’t cross your arms or play with your hair.
  • When you’re interviewing, act like you want the job.
  • Ask for an offer. As how to get an offer, if you aren’t sure of the next steps.
  • Ask what the next steps in the process are.
  • If you feel like something wasn’t said in the interview, say it. You only have one chance to get to the next step.
  • If the interview is over the phone, get clear about how to proceed to the next step in the process.
  • Sell your past achievements.
  • Sell your past failures as learning experiences, and share what you’ve learned from them.
  • Send hand-written thank you notes to everyone you’ve met at the company. They should be simple: “Thank you for meeting with me. I’m looking forward to working with you, and would appreciate any advice you can give me about how to move to the next step. I’m looking for an offer from your company and I’m excited to start soon.” Or “Thank you for meeting with me. I hope we can work together soon. If you have any follow up questions for me, please contact me as soon as possible.”
  • Keep in mind that just because you got an interview, you don’t have an offer until you have one. Your goal in an interview should be to get an offer. Period. Even if you don’t want to work there. The interview with the company you don’t want to work for is practice for the company you do want to work for.
  • Make it a game called “How do I get a job offer from this company?” and play to win that game.

Hope that helps.

And yes, I’m hiring online advertising or technology sales people based in Austin, Texas. Contact me through my contact form, if you’re interested.