How To Ace The Interview – Tips From A Hiring Manager’s PerspectiveTuesday, June 5th, 2012
Even if all things were equal in terms of qualifications, Rick Kroner, General Manager of The Metropolitan Club of Chicago had a clear winner after a recent interview. Consider his experience with the two candidates below. We’ll call one “Candidate A” – the one you want to be like, and “Candidate F” – the one you don’t.
Be On Time: Candidate F was late. Keep in mind Candidate F had also called earlier in the day to find out the time of the interview (bonus tip – put it in your calendar as soon as it’s scheduled!). Candidate A on the other hand, arrived 15 minutes early.
Make Sure Your Presentation Is Professional: Candidate F brought her resume – but it was a mess! Rick said it actually looked like she crumpled the paper and then tried to smooth it out. Candidate A brought her resume in a nice-looking portfolio folder. Not only did the paper hold up better, she clearly cared more about the impression she made.
Come Prepared with Questions: At the end of the interview, Rick asked both candidates if they had any questions. Candidate F? Not one. Candidate A could not have been more different. She came prepared with questions after researching The Metropolitan Club and its parent company, as well as viewing Rick’s LinkedIn Profile.
Send A Thank You Card/Letter: Though it’s probably no shock to you now, Candidate F did not send anything to thank Rick for his time or express her interest in the job. Candidate A sent a hand-written note, and she sent it immediately after the interview ended.
There are plenty of things outside of a job seekers control. Don’t miss your chance to greatly improve your odds by following these four simple tips – something anyone can do!