Career Resources Preparing For an Interview

The purpose of thorough interview preparation is to give you the best possible shot at getting an offer.

The Basics

  • Check out the company's Web site.
  • Use Google or Linkedin to research the background of the hiring manager you'll be meeting with.
  • Dress your best; announce yourself five minutes early; make a strong opening (good eye contact (but don’t stare); smile; handshake; posture).
  • Project a high level of enthusiasm and energy.  Have fun and smile!
  • Be honest. Don't just say what you think the interviewers want to hear or it could end up in a stressful and unsatisfying job for you.
  • Be confident.
  • Be direct – don’t ramble your answers. If you get off-track, bring yourself back to the “specific question” that was asked. If your answers are too brief, you may leave your interviewer unsatisfied and irritated – find the balance.
  • Ask open-ended questions, ones that elicit discussion and that cannot be answered with a yes or no. This will demonstrate your interest in and comprehension of what has been discussed thus far.
  • Prepare a list of questions that specifically apply to the person you’re meeting with (it’s okay to ask the same questions to different people – to ensure continuity).
  • Be prepared to defend your resume, to answer questions in a "net" fashion.
  • Do not bring up money or benefits. If salary comes up, state that the opportunity is the most important factor in your decision criteria. If the interviewer pins you down, give your current salary range, but do not low or high ball yourself!
  • Make a strong close (Thank you for your time. "I am very interested; I am looking forward to the next step", etc.).
  • Collect their business card – so you can send a thank-you note.

Other Points

  • Most clients make decisions that are based on chemistry (50%) and technical skills (50%).
  • Do not complain about your current or past employers.
  • Keep a nice dialogue going; do not talk too much.
  • Sell the client on the requisite skills that you possess; what you "bring to the table".
  • Maintain a positive attitude at all times.
  • Always give it your best effort. A lot of clients have multiple openings and you may be considered for another area if you impress them.
  • Send a thank you card or e-mail (check grammar and spelling carefully).

Very Important
Role play answers to the following questions and statements:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you looking to leave your current job?
  • What are you looking for?
  • What are your strong/weak points?

EdgeLink is a boutique staffing firm based in Portland, OR that specializes in technology placement.  We develop close, long-term relationships with proven and promising technology companies that value strong ethics, integrity, and a winning attitude. These partnerships provide solid opportunities for talented individuals seeking the next step in their careers.