Ace the Interview: Tips from N2's Talent Aquisition Team Leader

By Mark Taylor Oct 10, 2017

I’ve had the pleasure of working with our Talent Acquisition Team to conduct hundreds of interviews with potential candidates for N2. By talking with so many job seekers, I’ve picked up two quick tips that could help any candidate interviewing for a new opportunity.

1. DO THE SMALL THINGS RIGHT

It may sound obvious, but you would be surprised at how doing the small things right in an interview process sets you apart from the field. Make sure:

  • your resume is updated with your most recent work experience and responsibilities.
  • your voicemail isn’t full. Yes, this is a thing that happens… a lot. It’s difficult to let candidates know that you would like to schedule an interview with them if they don’t answer their phone and their voicemail is full.
  • your email address is professional – or at least just not embarrassing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if your email address has not changed since high school, it might be time for a quick professional upgrade.

2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

The first question I always ask a candidate is, “What is your understanding of what we do here at N2?”

As an interviewer, I’ve done my research on the candidate. I’ve looked at her resume, made notes and talking points, and jotted down things I may need more information about. The first thing I want to know from candidates is if they’ve done the same. Have they put any effort into preparing for the interview? How serious are they about this opportunity?

Here are a few quick things to research about the company you’re interviewing with:

  • What does the company do?
  • What is their history?
  • What are some of their achievements or goals?
  • What is important to them?
  • How do you feel like you could add value?

Doing this research will not only show the interviewer that you are serious about the opportunity, but it can also help to make your answers stand out from other candidates who are caught off-guard.

So, when a company asks about your background, your well-prepared answer could sound something like:

"My background is in internal communications. I noticed a high percentage of your employees are remote, which can be a communication challenge; however, I have experience working with remote teams and have had success in making them feel more connected, which has ultimately boosted overall performance."

You will have a much more personal answer that helps you stand out, but also shows how you can add value to the team. That, in the end, is what every interviewer wants to hear.

Spending a few hours to do the small things right and do your homework can make all the difference in landing your dream opportunity. Who doesn’t have time for that?

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