The interview is difficult.
It’s even harder when you take into consideration the different needs of the industry and the types of questions that can be asked, as well as the different answers that every employer wants. In 2017, Seer hired 58 new employees, but more than 2,000 applications were submitted. According to FitSmallBusiness, this was not surprising.
42% of 18-35 year olds and 20% of over 35s were considering a new job in 2017.
With all this competition, you want to make sure you stand out from the rest and leave a lasting impression on the hiring manager … but not in a negative way! Seer has seen fantastic interviews as well as some doozies. So we thought that it would be useful to share a series of job interview tips. This guide shares (anonymously) some of the comments that were made during the interview process to help future candidates better understand what you should and should not tell an interview team:
“Tell me what is the day to day for this position.”
Why not say this: Recruiters like to see when a candidate takes the time to do their homework before an interview. When candidates ask this question, this may give the impression that they have not read the job description or that they were not savvy enough to find themselves the answer online.
Say this instead: I noticed on your company’s website that you recently participated in a team event. Will there be more opportunities for the team to spend time together outside of working hours? You could also say, “It seems that X’s approach to your business really sets you apart from your competition and positions you as a leader in the industry. What are the biggest challenges you face and how does your organization approach them? “
Tip for the pro: Use this time to present the research you have done by asking specific questions about the content you have read about the role, the company or the culture.
“Your business looks very young, I like it.Also, unlimited paid holidays are AWESOME!”
Why not say this: These comments lead a recruiter to believe that you are not focused on the job itself, but rather on the benefits that come with the job. These comments show that you did your research in advance, which is great. However, it seems that you are focusing on the wrong thing and that you are a good choice for you and for you, it is the number one priority.
Say this instead: How does your company approach team work and build trust across the board and across remote teams? I am looking forward to working with an employer who has a motivated team that is looking to grow the business and themselves.
Tip for the pro: Tell the interview team that you have gone one step further in a previous role to improve the process, implement a new idea that improved the daily operations of the company. This example shows an interviewer that you care not only about your professional growth, but also about your growth.
“I’m still a little new in the industry.”
Why not say this: When interviewing for a role, a recruiter does not want to hear that you have no experience in the role you are applying. Worse, this shows that you are not trying to get an exposure by yourself, you are waiting for you to be in the door to start learning.
Say rather this: “ As I have not much experience to my credit, I worked on these certifications, I read these blogs and I’ve been taking courses from Coursera! Here’s what I’ve learned so far. “Take the time to look around the company’s website and social pages. Maybe they have a blog (like Seer does!) With tons of information to help you start learning about the industry, and you can discuss what you’ve learned in l & # 39; interview.
Tip for the pros: Dive into the experience and have fun! For example, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to manage social networks, so for three months I’ve been managing my florist’s Facebook and Twitter accounts!”
“I did not really like my last job ** insert diatribes about the manager / coworkers / culture **.”
Why You Should not Say This: Every candidate has a different reason for wanting to separate from a current or previous employer, but for whatever reason, you should never miss the opportunities previous had. This triggers a red flag to a hiring manager and makes them wonder if you would do the same thing if you came to their business.
Say: There is always a way to seek good in every opportunity. Even if your last role was not the most favorable, you can still take away a learning experience. Instead of making a negative comment, say: “I learned the following things at my current job; However, I believe that it is time to move on to another opportunity to continue to learn and grow with the company. “
Pro Tip: Talk about a situation where you struggled but you overcame an obstacle. This is true! Hiring managers WANT to hear about a difficult time you had, because you learn when you make mistakes. And more importantly, you become an even better and more mature person because of that.
“You probably do not know what it means, but …”
Why not say this: It is never correct to be condescending towards an interviewer, no matter his position in the company, his permanence, and so on. Put yourself in his place: would anyone earn points? If they started by saying, “This will probably go on your head”? For customer facing roles, this type of comment is a great no-no.Why? The interviewer will assume that it? This is how you would approach a conversation with a non-technical customer contact point.
Say this: Avoid assumptive language and ask questions first. You can also ask the interviewer to interrupt you if you need to clarify something / or if you need to pause because you are furious.
Tip: Learn about the current process of business by teaching its customers the industry and what they do to help the customer understand what’s going on happens with his accounts. This shows that you care about the relationships that the company has with its customers and shows that you want to help maintain and improve this structure.
And, if you ruin this interview … do not do it!
LEARN and, above all, do better next time. So, follow these job interview tips in the future:
- Ask for a feedback: There may be some helpful hints for hiring the team, but you’ll never know if you do not ask! They may also have resources to guide you in order to get the information and experience you need.
- Continue the relationship: Offer to stay in touch with the hiring manager and come back in a couple of months to show that you are always interested in staying in touch. This relationship should not only be with the hiring team. Communicate with other members of the company, establish contacts and form relationships with employees who work in the division of your interests. Offer to help with everything they need in return, make the relationship a two-way street.
- Show your progress: As you maintain these relationships, show how you applied the comments you received to learn and prepare to reapply in the future or use for another opportunity. Have you worked on your certifications? Do you help a non-profit organization with their marketing in your spare time?