23. February 2011 10:40
Interviewers may not always ask the same questions, but they certainly have the same general expectations of the interviewee. Follow this three-part series, including tips straight from a recruiter (we'll call him the Tipster), to find out what you need to succeed.
9. Come prepared to interview, not just to be interviewed. At some point in the interview process, you are going to be asked if you have any questions. Be sure you have some. For more specifics, check out “Questions to Ask a Hiring Manager”.
10. Remember your audience. Building on the tip above, know that certain conversations and questions are suitable only for certain audiences. A hiring manager might not know the details of benefits packages and an HR Representative might not know the technical infrastructure of the department, so be sure to direct your questions appropriately.
11. This is a business meeting. It is important to remember that interviews are potential business transactions. The interviewing company has a business need. You, as a candidate, have a potential business solution. If you are hired, you will be compensated. The decisions you make in the interviewing process should reflect that.
12. Say thank you. Before leaving, gauge the type of person your interviewer is. This will help you determine how to send your letter of appreciation for being brought in to interview. (Trust me, you need to come off as appreciative – unless you have completed a third-round interview and proven yourself a worthy candidate, you probably haven’t done them any favors by simply showing up to a first-round interview. ) Choosing the right method is key – some people prefer phone calls, some prefer emails, and some prefer hand-written notes. Getting the thank you note right will help your chances just as much as getting it wrong will hurt your chances.