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:
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:
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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