The rules of the interview

Interviewing is something we’re very familiar with at ITAC Solutions. Whether you’re a new grad heading out on your first job hunt or a seasoned professional looking to make a change, there may be some things you are doing or aren’t doing that could be keeping the interviews from landing you the job. Follow these rules the next time you’re called in.

  1. Do your research – Learn as much as you can about the company’s history, services, customers, products, competition and culture as you can. This will help you understand and address issues that may be brought up during the interview.
  2. Dress for success – Even if it’s a casual company, dress in a professional manner. Make sure you feel confident in what you’re wearing and that you’re pressed and wrinkle free.
  3. Take everything you need – It’s better to have too much than too little, so be prepared with copies of your resume, cover letter, references, work samples and paper to take notes on.
  4. Don’t be late – This sounds obvious, but take plenty of measures to make sure you’re punctual by factoring in extra time for traffic and finding the location if you’re not familiar with it. If you’re early, go on in 10-15 minutes early to give yourself a few minutes to compose yourself.
  5. Be enthusiastic – A firm handshake, confident smile, strong voice and eye contact can go a long way in the impression you give.
  6. Listen – Don’t get so caught up in being nervous and trying to make a good impression that it’s all you think about. Pay attention to what you’re interviewee is saying.
  7. Answer what you’re asked – This goes hand-in-hand with listening. Make sure you understand the question you’re being asked. If you don’t, ask for clarification so you can give an appropriate answer.
  8. Give examples – Back up what you say with specific examples and stories that demonstrate your statements to be true. Think about what makes you successful and unique in advance to come up with these stories and how they make you a good fit for the job.
  9. Ask questions – Nothing can show that you’re interested in a job more than asking questions about the position and the company.  Your pre-interview research can help you build a list of potential questions so you aren’t caught off-guard when you’re asked for questions.
  10. Follow up – Before your interview ends, be sure to get contact information from your interviewer(s). As soon as possible, drop a handwritten note in the mail expressing your interest in the job. While sending an email “thank you” has become more common, consider the potential appearance of being impersonal or not taking the time to write out a quick thank-you.

Check out our current job openings. Maybe we’ll see you soon for an interview!

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