Interview Tips

Boss & Associates provides these tips to our candidates to ensure that they stand out.  As your recruiting firm, we represent you; but as a candidate that we are endorsing, you also represent us and our ability to recognize top talent. It is in both of our best interest for you to make the best impression possible.  Following the tips below may potentially differentiate you from others who may be vying for the same position.

  1. BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: Be on time or ideally arrive 10 minutes before the appointment; dress in professional attire and look polished - first impression and presentation is key.
  2. COME PREPARED: Hiring Managers looks for initiative and will be curious to see how you have prepared and what you already know about the company.  Familiarize yourself with the company's website.  Have some well thought out questions in mind before you even head into the interview. Think through what actions you would take if in the position to facilitate success immediately out of the gate and how you plan to impact the organization.  Consider assembling a 30/60/90 day plan that would highlight your game-plan if in the role.
  3. DO NOT FABRICATE! Companies do conduct background checks and hiring managers tend to have industry contacts - trust me, they will make calls to verify your story, so we advise individuals to be honest and straightforward.
  4. DON'T TALK TOO MUCH! If the person starts out and asks, "Tell me about yourself"; you should respond, "What specifically would you like to know?" Answer questions with a concise, focused response. Think before you answer. Try to address inquiries with specific key examples that demonstrate success in the past that is related to the job at hand.  Set the stage by highlighting the circumstances you faced, discuss what actions you took, and highlight the outcome or impact that resulted from your effort. Pick an example that is relevant, recent and significant.  Hone in on those elements, and don't waste time or expound on things that are not valid to the topic at hand.
  5. DO NOT TALK MONEY! If the person brings up money, you should never answer with a figure, make demands or talk money in the interview. The interview is to determine suitability not to strike a deal. If asked what your expectations are, it is best that you let him know that the company interests you, the prospect of being a part of it excites you, and you believe you can make a valuable contribution. Express if the process led to an eventual job offer, you would certainly entertain the company's most competitive offer. It is ok to let them know how you are currently compensated (NO LYING) and state that you would hope to see something comparable to make the opportunity worthwhile financially, but money is not the sole factor in your decision-making.
  6. IDENTIFY HIRING MANAGER AGENDA: Listen carefully whenever the interviewer speaks about the company. Very often, you can get clues about the culture, the philosophies, the values and what the interviewer feels is most important in filling this position. Use this information while answering the interviewer's questions, and hit these "hot" buttons as you are able to.
  7. After you answer their questions, you may want to reciprocate with one or two targeted questions that will allow you to better understand what the hiring manager is really seeking. Here are a couple of ideas of questions to ask the Hiring Manager:
    "What are your near term objectives and long term objectives?" "How does this role impact and influence the achievement of those objectives?" This will help you gauge where you can impact and then in turn share or reinforce the examples of what you have done that is in alignment with those objectives and how you would be able to make a similar contribution in his organization.
    "What type of person thrives best under your leadership style?" This will help you understand some of the intangibles he is looking for in a candidate. Again, you can determine if you are in alignment and reinforce that you are that kind of person.
  8. CONCLUDE YOUR MEETING & TRIAL CLOSE: At the conclusion of the interview, it is in your best interest to ask a closing question. No matter how well (or how bad) you feel the interview went this is a professional way to close the meeting. If the interview didn't go so well, it will be your chance to identify concerns or objections, and then provide a response or rebuttal.  Wordsmith as you like but we suggest one of the following:  "Based on our discussion do you have any hesitations in the value I could bring to your organization? How do you see me fitting into the team?  Is there anything standing in the way of taking the process forward?"  “Where do I rank in terms of candidates you are evaluating - is there anything that would prevent you from moving forward with my candidacy?"
  9. If you want the job, don't leave until you ask for it. Ask what the next step is, or when you may expect to hear from him/her again.   Thank the person for their time, shake their hand and conclude the meeting.
  10. COMMUNICATE:  Always follow up with a note or email thanking the interviewer for his/her time. Express your continued interest and mention one or two key qualifications again and how you look forward to adding value to their team.
  11. It is also important to keep your recruiter apprised of all activity - debrief after your interview(s); share the essence of the conversation, how it ended, and your take away. It is important that you share your feedback - that way your interest level and position can be conveyed appropriately to the hiring manger.