15 Interviewing Tips That Convert to Job Offers

One of the philosophies that our recruiters adhere to is that if, as a candidate, you’re going to attend an interview, you might as well perform at 110% during the meeting. Regardless of the individuals whom you’re interviewing with or the level of job you’re pursuing, the recruiting team at KAS Placement has formulated 15 interviewing tips that, when implemented, should convert to a job offer.

1. Come across in the interview as someone who wants to be there. Someone who is confident that you are the right person for the position and as someone candid and fully invested in the conversation.

2. Go into the interview with an end-goal of getting the job offer. That’s all you need to focus on. Many times, when we take a moment to envision success and the rewards it brings, we are a lot more likely to do well.

3. Talk in terms of what the interviewer wants. Too often, we think only about what we want and don’t realize that the best way to get what we want is to meet the needs of the interviewer, and only then expect the interviewer to give us what we want, not the other way around.

4. Know where you want to be in 1, 3, and 5 years. To achieve maximum career results, we have to set firm goals and relentless pursue them. Be specific:

In 1 year, I want to be heavily contributing to a company’s bottom line and want to be a stand-out sales representative at a firm that rewards hard work, has a competitive product, and is full of intelligent, engaging people.

By the end of year 2, I would like to be responsible for mentoring other people in the office and want to be recognized as a leader amongst my peers.

Within 5 years, I would like to be a manager and consistently upgrading those under me and creating a sense of optimism and hard work in my subordinates.

5. Regardless of position, interviewers are going to hire people who are self-confident, optimistic, energetic, passionate and engaging people.

6. Learn how to focus. Through concentration a person is able to collect his or her mental and physical energies into the interview. This is as opposed to the individual who lets his or her brain wander from topic to topic. When your brain is 100% engaged, you can’t be nervous or self-critical – both of which severely hurt your ability to persuade a hiring manager or recruitment professional.

7. People want to hire leaders and leaders are described as those who are problem solvers, who are selfless, who put the company first, who want to grow others, who are team players, and who are able to predict everyday hurdles and overcome them.

8. Interviewers are just as prone to feeling badly about rejection as the interviewee is. Show the interviewer that you care and you’re more than 50% there.

9. In a job interview setting when an employer is making a decision about competency and fit within an organization, the most successful candidates displayed consistent vocal tone and maintained fluid body movements.

10. When giving answers, don’t second guess yourself. Rather, explain things in a thorough, honest and positive manner. It’s the best we can do. We can’t control what an interviewer does, but we can control how we act.

11. Adapt to the interviewer’s style; don’t ever expect an interviewer do adapt to your personality. Some interviewers will just want the answers and that’s what you should give them. Others will want to have a casual conversation, so schoomze with them.

12. Never take the way an interviewer conducts an interview personally. Rather, consider it to be their sense of interviewing style and have faith that the interviewer is smart enough to pass you through to the next round

13. People like to hear their names. It’s like music to our ears. We come across as more assertive and personalized when we address people by their first names.

14. Thank the interviewer for their time. Too often, we think about how important our time is, but don’t realize that everyone thinks that way. Always make sure to follow up with an email thanking the person and including notes on some of the takeaways and thoughts you have from the interview.

15. People love sincere compliments. Find something that you like about the firm.

In the End

Accomplished interviewers are never satisfied with their current knowledge and continually seek every opportunity available to gain new, pertinent knowledge. They understand that the secret of success is to try to always improve yourself no matter where you are or what your current position is and future aspirations are.

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6 Things To Never Say During An Interview

Believe it or not, it only takes one sentence to turn a great interview into a lost employment opportunity. After 10 years of running a recruiting firm, I can tell you that interviewers actively seek out the negative traits in the job seekers whom they meet.

Be aware that the following sentences and phrases turn employers off and, thus result in wasted time meeting with the hiring manager. Therefore, it’s imperative to focus on avoiding the following statements, questions and phrases.

1. “I want to own my own business.” An entrepreneurial ambition is an aspiration best left unsaid. While it’s a productive goal, hiring managers interpret it as quite the opposite. They don’t see ambition, but rather a potential threat.

Primarily this is due to the fact that employers fear turnover and stolen proprietary information.

Not only do turnovers carry heavy opportunity cost (managers don’t want to invest time in those whom they feel may be a future flight risk), but they also leave the organization open to insider information being leaked. The last thing a firm wants or needs is to train a future competitor.

2. How am I doing? Employers want to hire those who are confident. When you ask for feedback during the interview, not only do you leave yourself open to having to confront negative assumptions, you also come across as insecure which is a byproduct of being ineffective. Moreover, you look weak when asking this question. Interviewers gravitate towards employees who display strength. Begrundgingly or gladly, we respect people who display strength and self-assurance.

3. “Like” and “Um.” These interjectory phrases allude to the inability to concentrate or think on one’s feet. Especially for higher level positions, these unnecessary verbal connectors are sometimes associated with a lack of intelligence or lack of interest. Additionally, interviewers can read this as a sign of inefficiency and inability to apply critical thinking skills.

These interjections can also hurt your tone of voice and ability to persuade as most interviewers will respond positively to vocal consistency. It can bore the audience when you attempt to elaborate on your answers. Finally, saying “um” and “like” will lead to the interviewer shying away from their main points and losing brevity in their statements.

4. “What does your company do?” This is the holy grail of things to never say during an interview. There is no more effective way to turn an interviewer off than to ask this inquiry. It shows a blatant disregard for their time and alludes to a poor work ethic. Researching specific facts about a company gives the impression that you are thorough in your work, interested in the position and fully invested in getting the job.

5. “I need to make x amount of dollars.” The most important lesson in persuasion is that you can’t expect others to care about what you want. If you desire to become more persuasive, get in the habit of addressing the concerns of others before asking about your needs. The most effective interviewees give the hiring manager what they want first, then speak about money later. As a result, they end up getting more money.

6.  How long is this interview going to take? People always strive to feel important and the interviewer is no different. Show that they are not a priority and you’ve just wasted your time as this will inevitably (in the majority of circumstances) turn the individual off to your needs.

In the End

If you’re going to go out of your way to interview, make it worth your while. Execute by avoiding common pitfalls described above and you’ll be well ahead of the game.