The Interview
An overview Download the 7 page expanded version. (PDF)
“Tell me about yourself”
Download how to answer the question. (PDF)
Navigating your New Company’s Political Landscape
by Marc Koutoufaris Click here to download. (PDF)
Sample Resignation Letter Download (PDF)
Candidate Questionnaire Download (PDF)

One of the advantages of your working with an experienced recruiter is that you need not go into the interview without training or significant experience in the process. We have spoken to thousands of candidates and employers before and after the interview. We know what goes right, and what goes wrong. Most importantly, we know what you need to do to win and we are willing to share it with you. The next pages are filled full of do's and don'ts. Since you are a professional, we know you want to put your best foot forward and maximize your chances to WIN! Pay attention to this AND prepare, and you will find the interview to be a lot more fun and rewarding.

During your course of preparation and interviewing, you should never forget this simple, singular objective. Getting the job offer is the single most important thing you can do.

(All of the topics below can be found in the 7 page overview called The Interview. Click here to view.)

What are Employers Really Looking for in the Job Interview?

  1. The Employer Looks First For Qualifications
  2. The Employer Looks For An Optimistic, Positive Attitude
  3. The Employer Looks For Someone Who Likes Who the Employer is and What the Employer Does
  4. The Employer is Looking for Indications that the Candidate will Stay with the Company

Preparing for the Interview

  1. Research the Company
  2. Be Prepared to "Play by the Company's Rules"
  3. Plan How You will Dress for the Interview
  4. Arrive at the Interview Early
  5. Keep Yourself in a Positive Frame of Mind

The Anatomy of the Job Interview

  1. The Initial Contact
  2. The Ice Breaker
  3. Chronological Interview
  4. The Topical Interview
  5. The Interview Close
  6. The Exit

After the Interview

After the exit--while the interview is still fresh on your mind--write down what you feel are the strong points and the weak points of the interview. In this way, you can review your performance prior to your next interview and work on a stronger presentation of yourself as "right for the position in question."

Common Mistakes in Interviewing

  1. Losing Sight of the Interviewing Objective
  2. Being Too Modest
  3. Asking "Me" Questions
  4. Failure to "Sell" Your Abilities Throughout the Interview Sequence

How to Respond to ANY “Salary” Question

Typical “Difficult” Questions and How to Address Them
General Tips on Interviewing

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