5 interview tips from a CEO
In addition to the beautiful leaves, fall is also the season of job interviews. And who better to get interview tips from then someone who has risen to the top? Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group, a provider of professional staffing and search services, shared some of his best tips for job interviews with us. “There are a lot of things to consider and prepare for before an interview, but with a little practice and training, anyone can go into an interview and leave the best impression possible,” he said.
1. Get there early
Don’t just be on time. Be a few minutes early, but not so much so that you throw your interview off their schedule.
2. Charm the receptionist
You may think this person doesn’t matter, but they absolutely do. The receptionist is the first person an interviewee faces, and they are often asked about the politeness and professionalism of the interviewee. “Along with eye contact, body language is very important. Refrain from fidgeting as it often comes across as nervous and don’t cross your arms as it can make the interviewee look closed off,” explains Moran.
3. Know your stuff
This is not the time to wing it. You need to know this company inside and out. Its history, big events, and where it stands at the present time. Also be sure to understand the position. Know what it requires, any duties, responsibilities and expectations. Ask pertinent questions, like who the supervisor is, how and why people have failed in the past, and goals for the first six months or year.
4. Don’t be a Debbie Downer
According to Moran, one mistake interviewees make is speaking negatively of current or former employers. If the interviewer asks what you liked the least about a previous company, try to stay as positive as possible and explain how you benefited from the experience.
5. Always say thank you
Saying thank you will never go out of style. “While hard copy thank you notes are still often encouraged, in today’s technologically advanced world it’s acceptable to send an email as it is a faster and more direct method,” said Moran.
What other interview tips have you found helpful?
By: Meredith Lepore