Win the Interview – Make it your singular goal to win the interview. You can decide later if the job appeals to you, but if you show or indicate uncertainty or lack of interest, you are sunk.
Be Confident – Convey a confident attitude and work ethic that demonstrates that you will do whatever it takes to succeed and accomplish project goals. Clients want to hear that you are willing to work hard for them.
Be On Location On Time – Be sure you know where you are going and how to get there. Use a mapping web site for directions. Give yourself extra time (especially during peak driving times) to accommodate for surprise delays that would otherwise make you late.
Know Who You Are Meeting – Make sure you know how to pronounce the interviewers name. If you don’t know for sure – ask them.
Know the Role for Which You Are Interviewing – Gather as much information as possible from us regarding the company, including the role and the person who will be doing the interview.
Prepare – Most interviewers will ask behavioral or situational based questions. Be prepared to speak specifically about what you have done, your role, how you accomplished it and what the results were. Choose from multiple project examples and not just the last one.
STAR: Situation-Tasks-Actions-Results. Some information to prepare:
- Identify projects or pieces of projects related to the one for which you are interviewing.
- Display your soft skills (professionalism, active listening, confidence, etc.) appropriately when discussing your technical and/or process related skills.
- Discuss situations when have you brought the best out of a team.
- Ouline specific accomplishments.
Present Yourself Professionally – Dress professionally and comfortably. You will be judged in some respects by what you wear. When in doubt, dress conservatively.
Have Your Questions Prepared – Relate to the project or expectations. Limit the number of questions to two or three. Don’t make them feel like you are interviewing them. Too many questions can lead the interviewer to believe you might be “high maintenance”. Do not ask questions that raise red flags i.e., how many hours are expected to be worked a day? Is there flexibility in the hours or days that I work? Can I leave early on Fridays in the summer?
Bring a Notepad or Portfolio and a Writing Instrument – Include the questions you want to ask, any background data or research, a copy of your resume and extra paper to take notes.
BE POSITIVE – Try to make others feel comfortable. Greet with a firm, dry handshake and smile. Never make negative comments on past projects or clients. Many hiring decisions are made within the first few minutes.