After ten years of recruiting on the agency side, I would like to start with some basic interviewing and resume tips. Often a recruiter might counsel, or recommend these tips to their candidates, but with the pace of things today these basics can get overlooked.
1. Keep your resume up to date
I suggest showing your resume to a few people for feedback to make sure it truly highlights your strengths. Please do not be afraid to toot your horn on your resume. One it shows confidence and two it lets you stand out among the other candidates. Also, in my opinion, chronological resumes are the way to go.
The functional resumes are considered not acceptable to many hiring managers. As I have seen these resumes be declined over and over again. Managers feel someone is trying to hide something by using a functional resume.
2. Bring several copies of your resume to the interview
I still have managers tell me the candidate did not bring a copy of their resume with them. Please think about your audience, and while this may not apply in every situation, I think it is best to be conservative here and bring a few copies. It is also nice to have one for you to look at so when they ask questions and are referring to your resume you can glance down and be prompted by the details in front of you.
3. Arrive 10-15 minutes early
Arriving early will give you a moment to breathe and reflect before an interview as well as not feel rushed. Please do not arrive 30 minutes before an interview. If you do, I would recommend sitting in your car for a few minutes. The last thing you would want to do is stress out your interviewer for arriving too early.
4. Research the company before an interview
It is ideal to learn about the company where you will be interviewing. As a recruiter, I constantly have hiring managers tell about candidates that do not even know what the company they are interviewing at does. Try to do a little homework beforehand and it will pay off big time.
5. Be prepared with a couple of questions to ask
Having a few questions after the interview will help confirm your interest in the position. If you need additional help preparing questions for your interview, see Do You Have Any Questions For Me?
6. Thank the interviewers for their time
Make sure to thank the interviewer and state that you are interested and excited for the job. I frequently hear situations where the manager is unsure whether the candidate even wants the job after an interview.
7. Lastly, treat everyone you meet even the receptionist with respect
It’s always important to treat everybody with respect, but when it comes to interviews, you better bring your A game. You never know what sort of influence any given person could have.