To all job seekers, passive or active: RESEARCH. That is the key and the first thing you should do to prepare yourself for an interview. It’s even best to research the company before sending in your resume. You may be wasting the your time and the company’s by blasting off your CV to all open jobs, then finding out it’s not even close to what you’re looking for. Titles on job boards can be misleading. Here at Freeman+Leonard, we try to really nail down what every person is looking for, not just send them every open job available. Doing that creates lack of personal interaction. Sending email blasts to 100-200 people per open order creates not only slow responsiveness to all interested talent, some would question if we even listened to the types of jobs they were specifically interested in. As recruiters, it’s our job to get to know each individual for who they are, so when prepping for an interview, through us or on your own, we can give you the best possible advice based on questions you can ask in relation to what YOU are seeking.
The dress will be dependent on the company. It’s always best to overdress rather than under-dress. As far as jewelry goes, keep it simple, but still keep it you. For example, if you wear a nose ring and that is something you don’t want to change, be yourself and don’t take it out. Prepare not to be upset if you’re not chosen maybe because of that reason. Don’t change your inner self, but also know what you are seeking in a job, and what lengths you’ll go to to secure the right opportunity.
Listen. Look at how the hiring manager is interacting with you and how even their body language is. It’s best to mimic or somewhat mirror the way they are communicating. What do you see? More relaxed? Rigid? Formal? More conversational?
Take note of things around the office. If you see a picture of kids, mention your family at the end of the interview if it feels appropriate. Lover of sports? Comment on their autographed baseball on their desk. There are plenty of ways to show a little of your interests or hobbies outside of a formal environment.
Come prepared with a list of questions about the company. Also throw out information during the interview showing you’ve done your research. Facts, statistics about the company, articles you’ve read online, recent accomplishments…these all impress hiring managers and show you’ve gone above and beyond and are really interested in learning what this place is about.
Always follow up with a hand written note. If time is of the essence and you know a decision will be made soon, send a thank you email followed up by a hand written note.
By: Rachel Parker – Recruiting Manager at Freeman+Leonard
Rachel Parker is a top-notch recruiter skilled in finding top-tier talent. She has a record of finding individuals uniquely qualified for some of the most difficult positions clients have asked her to fill. Her high energy and deep understanding of the talent and the roles they play in a marketing communications organization make her the most requested recruiting partner in the company. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. To contact Rachel, email email@example.com.