Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What to do: Practical Tips for a job interview

Like I said in a previous post Practical Resume Don'ts, I sometimes have to interview potential candidates for open positions are my job. Here are some tips for that elusive job interview:

  • Don't be afraid to say you don't know. It's better than cooking up wrong answers. Or saying "I can easily google that"
  • Talking about Google, don't use "I can easily google that" as your answer to every question or even to most questions. 
  • Please please don't disparage your current/previous job. It just doesn't look good. 
  • Don't make me an accomplice to you cheating on your timesheet at your current job. One candidate told me he "just left work" and will "go back whenever. Or maybe not even go back at all". 
  • Don't ask me how you did, whether you'll be hired or what your pay will be. For one, I don't control all that. And if I did, I wouldn't even tell you. So why even ask?
  • No begging!
  • Do ask questions about the company, what I work on. Doesn't matter if you don't care about the answer or if you've already done your research, it still helps to ask questions.
  • Do speak English. No offense. English is not my first language either but if I can't understand you I simply can't recommend that you be hired. Just can't do it. 
  • Know your stuff. Nothing, absolutely nothing, counts more than this.