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One common interviewing mistake...

... is to show you don't have a preference for the position you’re applying to. It’s good to say you will apply yourself to whatever you do, but to act as if any position is a great job looks desperate.

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Becoming The Ideal Candidate
  • Hone your situational-based interview stories and don’t be stupid to the receptionist on the way in. 
  • Interviewing is also not a time for self-deprecating remarks or unc...
Communicating Confident Humility In An Interview
  • You are smart and qualified, but eager to understand the company’s culture.
  • You have transferable skills, but are open to new approaches.
  • You have a long track record of success, but surround yourself with strong talent.
  • You are a quick study, but eager to learn.
  • You are visionary, but you learn during execution.
  • You can make a difference for the organization, but you need to know where and how said difference is needed.
The Typical Job Interview Process
  1. Screening call or on-site interview: lengthy when done by HR and short when it’s someone technical, also not a good time to fire all your questions.
  2. Technical interview: ...
Questions For Your Screener

Have an introduction and a concise story to tell about your work history. Stack questions are mostly inappropriate here but you can ask the following:

  1. What is the hiring process? Be suspicious if they are asking for too much in one of the steps.
  2. Tell me about the tech team. Find more about the company’s hierarchies and the people who compose them.
Asking Questions On The Technical Interview

Prepare well for this. At the end of the meeting, they should ask if you have questions and you can ask as many as you need to help you decide to work there or not. You can use that to build rapport if the interview was a little off.

The Interviewer’s Perspective

When the interviewer asks you, “Tell me about yourself”, he is hoping this question will get you talking. It will give him a first impression of you, and set the tone for the inte...

How Not to Answer
  • Prepare a brief summary of the high points of each of your past positions, but do not turn it into a very long monologue that makes the interviewer glaze over with information overload.
  • You do not have to brag, but don't rely on the interviewer to see past your humble exterior and figure out how great you are. Find a way to present yourself to your full advantage.
  • This is not the time to talk about all your personal details. Focus on who you are as a professional.
  • Because this question can be interpreted in many ways, do not be overwhelmed by it. Delve right in with your prepared answers.
Your elevator pitch
You need a short summary of yourself as a job candidate. Keep it focused, ideally less than a minute, and no more than two minutes.
  • Address what your primary selling points are for this job. The number of years of experience or special skill.  Focus on the qualifications in the job description and how you meet and exceed it.
  • Explain why you are interested in this position.