Candidate Interview Tips

When you go into an interview arranged by Richard, Wayne & Roberts, you can feel confident that you are qualified for the position, because your recruiter has carefully evaluated your suitability for the job and the company. In addition, you have the advantage of knowing that your recruiter is in communication with both you and the employer.

However, even if you are an excellent candidate for the position, a poor interview could result in no offer being made. You must do a good job of selling yourself to the company in the interviewing process. Since most of us have actually been through very few interviews, we have prepared the following guidelines and reminders to help you provide the information needed by the interviewer in a concise, persuasive manner, thereby increasing your chances of success.

The objective:

As you prepare for and participate in an interview, stay focused on the objective: Getting the job offer. You must not give the impression that you are merely shopping around. A casual attitude has no place in a job interview, and it will reflect badly on you. After the interview, you can decide whether to accept or reject an offer; but if you don't interview as though you want the job, you surely won't get an offer to consider.

What interviewers are really looking for:

Qualifications first - The interviewer looks first at your qualifications to ascertain that you can handle the job. By the time of the interview, your overall qualifications have been firmly established by your recruiter. However, you can and should expand on your capabilities in terms of the employer's exact wants and needs.

An optimistic and positive attitude - Pessimism and negativism don't win job offers.

Genuine interest in the company and the position - Employers want someone who has a high opinion of the company and the position.

Indications of longevity of service - Employers look for long-term employees and are probing for indicators of your commitment to the long term.

Preparing for the interview:

Do internet research to learn about the company - This not only makes you feel more comfortable during the interview, it also demonstrates genuine interest in the company.

Dress appropriately - This may seem trivial, but you wouldn't want to miss a job offer simply because someone didn't like your attire.

Allow sufficient time for the interview - More than likely, you will be interviewing with more than one person during the interview cycle and dont want to appear rushed over time constraints.

Arrive early- Allowing fifteen minutes before your actual appointment is prudent.

Keep a positive frame of mind - Avoid talking about personal problems or negative issues concerning your current/prior employer.

Prepare a list of questions - Be prepared to ask the interviewer questions that let them know that you have taken the time to think seriously about working for them.

Also, you may gain invaluable insights about working for the firm.
Your questions should cover the following topics:

Job opportunity, the company, its people, its products/services.

The importance, responsibility, authority, recognition and career potential of the job.

The kind of person the employer wants to hire in terms of education, experience, future performance and personality.

Avoid questions that relate to salary, benefits, vacations and retirement.

"What will my first assignment be, and what will I need to accomplish over the first few months to be considered a successful hire?"

The interview close:

State confidently that you can handle the position.

Say that you are very interested in the position and that you would like to have an offer.

Finally, as you prepare to leave, tell the employer you would enjoy working with him personally.

After the interview:

Take time to assess your feelings, impressions, and reactions - Do you want to work for the firm? By all means, discuss the interview with your RWR recruiter for feedback or more information.

Be prepared for tough questions:

"Why don't you begin by telling me about yourself?" - This is not an invitation for a long, biographical discourse. It's the interviewer's way of starting the interview. Confine your answer to three or four well-chosen sentences outlining your career highlights.

"Do you object to overtime work?" - The interviewer is not asking if you will work late every day; he simply wants to know if you are the type who drops everything at quitting time. A good answer might be: "I have always been flexible when it comes to working beyond office hours. The fact is that I am project-oriented, not clock-oriented. I do whatever is necessary to finish the job."

"Why are you considering leaving your current position?" - Have a simple answer ready; don't get into politics or negative situations at your current employer. Whatever has attracted you to this potential new employer should be emphasized at this time to serve as an indication of your commitment to staying with the new employer.

"What are you looking for in the way of salary?" - It is best to avoid being pinned down on salary before an offer is made so you might answer this way: "Salary is important, but I'm more interested in a company where I can utilize my skills to grow over the long run." If the employer is insistent, say something like, "My current salary is $_______. Naturally, I would like to see a reasonable increase."