Helpful Interview Techniques
These interview tips come from the recruiting experts in KAS’s NYC office. For more information on the company, job searches and hiring services, please visit www.kasplacement.com
As an executive search firm who specializes in sales staffing, we have come across all types of job applicants some of whom have blown us away with their interviewing skills while some have boggled our recruiters. Here are a few tips:
1. Keep your answers to the point – there is no need to go on and on about a subject – it gets dull to listen to.
2. Watch out for repeat words that don’t add to your story ie. “like” or “you know.” – as sales headhunters, this drives us nuts – begin to lose this habit asap.
3. Do your research – this does not mean just looking at the website – study the industry in which you are interviewing for, look at their competitors, the web has everything you could possibly need – show an employer or staffing agency that you actually used it.
4. Know who you are speaking to and alter your answers accordingly – an HR representative is going to be more concerned with your work history as a Sales Manager (a good one at least) doesn’t care if you request 300 vacation days as long as you’re making the company money.
5. If you don’t know the answer, say so – there is nothing wrong with saying “that is a good question, however I don’t feel comfortable with my knowledge to answer it well enough, could I get back to you on that?”
6. Project your voice and speak clearly – as a sales recruiter in NYC, I come across some of the most fast-pased, loud individuals – which is fine with me (as long as they are not too obtrusive). The one thing I can not deal with is when a job applicant does not project his or her voice or annunciate correctly.
7. Don’t lie. During my headhunting years, I have come across a few dishonest job candidates (luckily not too many, but some). They tend to always get caught. Most of the time, they don’t make it past a sales recruiter in either our New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Boston or Atlanta agency location, but when they do, they usually get snagged by the employer.
7. Make sure you are choosing the right job. Call some people in the industry and see what it is like – read some articles – talk to friends – see what the compensation is like
8. Don’t worry about your age – you are never too young or too old for a position. The kids who created Google were in college and Gordy Howe played professional hockey for over fifty years.