The infographic below from CollegeAtlas.org contains some great job interview tips for anybody searching for a new job, including IT contractors. It was published here on the Talent Development Centre last year and I recently came across it again somewhere else, proving that it’s clearly been helpful to thousands of job seekers around the world.
On top of the stats and tips provided in the graphic below, I’d like to add a few extra interview tips that are often overlooked by contractors, based on feedback we recently received from hiring managers:
It starts in the lobby
One of the most important things to keep in mind is starting the interview “in the lobby.” Sometimes people forget how important it is to make a good first impression with EVERYONE they meet along the way to the interview. Be pleasant and kind to the receptionist and smile at anyone who makes eye contact. A pleasant demeanor, matched with your skills goes a long way.
Make sure you present an enthusiastic front when interviewing. You want to make sure that the hiring manager knows that this is the role that you want. Make sure to always come to an interview with knowledge of the company you are interviewing with. See what news alerts they might have released. Know what is going on with the company and the sector that you will work in and always come with questions.
Prepare your introduction. Every interviewer is going to ask you to “tell them about yourself.” You want to be prepared and not stumble with um’s and ah’s when speaking about yourself. This is your moment to make a good impression and start the interview the right way. Write down your introduction and study it before you arrive, be confident.
Nerves are something that everyone experiences before an interview. Your hands might get sweaty and you might be bouncing your knees and that can be distracting to you and the interviewer. Keep your feet planted firmly on the ground and slow down. Place your hands on your lap or in front of you on the desk. Make sure that there is nothing for you to fidget with and maintain eye contact.