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JSA President

James Seidel...

  • Award-winning recruiting experience in IT, engineering and select professional staffing.
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  • Fully guaranteed executive, contract, and contingency placement.

At the Interview

You have done your homework. You are thoroughly prepared and fifteen minutes early. These actions have eliminated most of the stress from the process and will likely produce a positive interviewing experience. Here are a few pointers to keep things running smoothly:

  • Switch off your mobile phone.
  • Be polite to everyone – receptionists and administrative assistants often have a lot more influence than you might suspect.
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile.
  • Project a positive image. Poor non-verbal communication can really hurt your chances. Sit up straight, speak clearly, and don’t fidget.  Look the interviewer in the eye.
  • In a panel situation speak to the whole panel.
  • Know what you want to achieve. Be able to articulate what you want to do in your career and how those goals fit in with the company’s mission.
  • Create conversation rather than a question-and-answer situation.
  • Be positive. Always frame your answers in a positive light – turn weaknesses into strengths and negatives into positives. In an interview, you are your own press agent.
  • Be honest. Evasiveness and falsehoods do not help you in interviews.
  • If a question "throws" you, admit it and make a commonsense, imaginative, honest reply. If you need to pause to compose an answer, don’t use any vocalizations. Silence is not terrible, thoughtful people often pause before answering.
  • If at any stage you conclude that the position is unsuitable, inform the interviewer of your concern.  They will appreciate your respect for their time.  If you genuinely like the company, tell them so and ask if there are other suitable opportunities available.
  • Ask several questions about the role and questions which demonstrate your research on the company and interest in the interview.  (Politely taking a few notes during an interview is completely acceptable).   Be prepared to explain your reasons for asking the questions. Try to ask about the history of the interviewer, the length of time at the firm, where they were before.  They will remember people who are interested in them.
  • Do not ask questions about salary, holidays or bonuses at the initial interview. However be aware of your market value and be prepared to specify your required package if asked. Your consultant will negotiate a package on your behalf if required.
  • Leave with another firm handshake and thank the interviewer for their time.

If you are being interviewed over a meal, there are several additional things to keep in mind.

  • Order a mid-priced item; avoid the most or least expensive item on the menu.
  • Avoid items that are difficult or messy to eat.
  • Do not order alcohol.
  • Do not talk with your mouth full.   Really.
  • Avoid discussing controversial topics.