1. Complement the interviewers. If interview is in their individual offices, look around, find a golf trophy, a Red Sox banner, something in that office that is displayed. Comment on that it
em because it is something that they are proud of. The candidate that is most liked, gets the offer…culture.
2. Bring your laptop to be prepared for unscheduled coding tests and bring a list of smart questions to ask.
3. Smile. When you smile, the instinctive reaction of the other person is to smile as well. Chemistry.
4. Do your homework. Both on the interviewers if you have their names and the company. Find an opportunity to say, “Oh, I see you won the Best Culture Award: 3 years in a row. What distinguishes your great culture?”
5. Don’t show desperation of how much you want/need this job. They will smell it and you will not be attractive to the company. They will think something is wrong and not touch you.
6. Leave your arrogance at the door. There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence. Being a team player with confidence is okay.
7. Make sure there are no long pauses in your interviews. You ask questions to keep the interview going longer or it will end. It is up to you.
8. If you are given coffee or a beverage, do not leave it on table…ask where you can throw it away yourself. It shows that you are considerate and caring.
9. Sorry about this one, but still important, bring a few resumes in case no one has seen your background. Smart to be prepared.
10. Last but not least, as soon as you leave the interview, email all the interviewers from your car thanking them for their time and consideration. You can even bring old school thank your cards, fill them out, and walk back in and give them to reception to deliver to your interviewers. This will distinguish you from your competition and increase your odds of landing the job. Guaranteed!
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