Congratulations you have been chosen for an in person interview with one of Visual IT’s clients, you have accomplished a lot! This interview maybe your first interview with the client or it may have been scheduled after a successful phone interview. Visual IT’s clients are some of the top Fortune 500 firms. By making it through our prescreening processes as well as our client’s it says a lot about your ability and experience. We both like your story. Now you need to make your story come alive and convince the client that it was not fiction, but your real live story. Remember for this moment you are a sales person selling the best product – You!
At this point you are going for an in person interview with a client who could make you an offer after the interview or may ask you to return for additional rounds of interviews. Either way your resume or phone interview story must now come to life. The story they have read on your resume now must be substantiated and it must accurately reflect you and your experience so they are confident that you are the type of person that they want to have working with them. This is your last opportunity to make a first in person impression with this client! Make the most of it!
Anticipating and attending an interview can be very stressful; after all it is an event that can have a huge impact on your life. Changing jobs ranks high on the stress meter. By being prepared you can minimize the stress and control the situation. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the in person interview and manage the stress that may arise during the actual meeting. Many of these points are practical or common sense, others may not be as obviously apparent.
An interview is a conversation and, like any good conversation, a candidate can make an impression on the interviewer through the stories he shares about himself and his past projects. Below are several items to remember regarding personal stories, anecdotes and their use in interviews:
Unlike how most of us choose to live our lives, during an interview we cannot let our accomplishments speak for us. You need tell people during an interview what you have accomplished and what you will accomplish for them!
Late for the Interview! A traffic delay caused by an accident, a funeral procession, mechanical failure, your bus, train was very late (or went in the wrong direction)…you’re going to be late for your interview! Try to relax and get your thoughts together. You have to make a very important call to the company’s interviewer. As calmly as you can, apologize for the delay (even though it’s not your fault), and give him a realistic estimate of how soon you can be there. Chances are that the interviewer will understand and allow the delayed interview to take place or reschedule it, if you handle it properly.
You are asked a question which you don’t know how to answer! Stall a bit, and ask the interviewer to clarify the question or a portion of it if it is a complex question. Don’t try to be witty, but give him credit for a good question. This will probably get the interviewer to clarify his question to the point where the answer is obvious…in fact, he may answer the question himself for which you can readily agree with his answer as if that was exactly what you were thinking!
You do not have a copy of the Visual IT resume prepared for you! This will put you at a disadvantage since you can’t see which item the interviewer is referencing on your resume, but it can be overcome because you have a very good image of the resume you prepared and sent to the interviewer. If you realize that you forgot copies of your Visual IT prepared resume before you are asked for it, let the interviewer know, apologize, and have a reasonable excuse ready. The interviewer will probably have a copy of your resume on hand.
Turning the tables on a bad interviewer
Just because someone is interviewing you, doesn’t mean they’re a good interviewer. Don’t let his ignorance sabotage your interview or your chances at landing the position.
You are well prepared for the interview. You are wearing your best business attire, a suit with nicely polished shoes, and you have “boned up” as best you could on the technical topics and personality characteristics that may be discussed. What you have not prepared for is “stone silence” or “negative feelings” from the interviewer.
Be sure to ask the interviewer when they anticipate making a decision. Reiterate your interest in the position and your enthusiasm for the company. Thank the interviewer graciously for his time. Ask them what the next step or steps will be.
After the interview please contact your Visual IT recruiter ASAP with your thoughts and feedback on the interview. It is best if we hear from you before we hear from the client.
Good luck, remember to follow these tips. Remember that the client is just as hopeful as you are that the interview works out favorable. Be confident!
Remember for this moment you are a sales person selling the best product – You!