“Do you have any questions for me?”: Ace the Interview!

By April 11, 2016Hiring, Interviewing

That great step before a job offer, interviewing is the strength of some and the “how-the-heck-am-I-gonna-get-through-this” of others. Here, we’d like to throw out some tips for doing your best and getting that job!
Preparation

  • Do a little research and try to have an idea or some guess as to the direction of the company
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early, but not too early, and definitely not late. You want to be responsible, without pressuring your interviewer for time.
  • Come in well-dressed and confident while exuding confidence and passion. Basically, look good, act like you look good and that you want to do good!

Qualification

  • Review any material you think might come up in the interview.
  • Prep a portfolio for easy consumption, either on a screen, or on paper. If you want something to demonstrate, you don’t want to fiddle around loading up a program or something, be prepared to present it within seconds of discussing it!

Depiction

  • Be concise and thoughtful in your conversation. You might take one minute to answer a question, though you can certainly stretch it to five minutes if they seem genuinely interested!
  • I’d encourage you to come up with 3 stories you can tell to illustrate the following traits [or come up with traits more relevant to your position!]
    • Problem solving approach
    • Leadership/teamwork
    • Escalating issues and interactions with Supervisors

Question: “Do you in fact have any questions for me?

  • What is your typical working day like?
  • What does success look like in this role?
  • What’s the toughest part of this role?
  • “Is there anything about my resume or interview that concerns you about my doing this job?”

Finally, follow up! Send a friendly email a few days after the fact, and if you’re lucky, you might get a call answering the question: “When do I start?”