Perfect Your Interview

May 6, 2015

It’s not always easy landing a face-to-face interview, so congratulations. So now that you’ll be delivering information in person, you have to do more than just convey stats, you have to tell a story and make it resonate, and it all starts with the presentation.

1. Dress for the part.

Err on the side of overdressing, even if you’re interviewing at a place where you know everyone will be in jeans (or even worse, skinny jeans). But be comfortable in your outfit; it shouldn’t be the first time you’re wearing it. Same goes for the hair-do: nothing new. 

2. Listen more, talk less.

Be gracious and let them lead, until they hand off the reins, and even then, don’t overdo it. Some people keep talking when they’re nervous. Avoid that, you want to convey simple messages with impact and less is more. 

3. Don’t get too comfortable or cocky.

Even if things are going well and you feel like you’re on the same wavelength, don’t let the confidence push you into becoming too familiar. You are a pillar of taste and restraint, and that makes them want more, more, more!

4. Think nuance over “no.”

OK, you can’t stretch this too far, but instead of saying no you haven’t done something maybe you can say you’ve done something similar or say though you never had that title you did do such and such unofficially. Interviewees aren’t always good at asking questions, so help em out by forging the answer down a maybe a slightly different path. You want to show you can think on your feet (a little). Of course, you don’t want to blatantly mislead or waste time either.

5. Ask good questions:

Ask them what they expect from you in your first 100 days. Or if the company has been in the news for something recently, maybe ask about that. Ask what people do when they’re not working. Ask what type of person succeeds.

Good luck, you’ll do great. Just be yourself. Your best self.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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