Pre-Interview Preparation

  1. Do your homework:
    • Thoroughly review the company’s web site.
    • Look up the profiles of those you are meeting with on Linkedin.
    • Google the company and names of those you’ll be meeting to gain additional information.
    • For extra credit, research competitors’ web sites as well.
  2. Prepare a list of 5 to 10 open-ended questions. Examples include the following:
    • Company: What are its products or services? Where does it fit into the marketplace?
    • Department: Where does IT fit into the company? How is IT organized, and what is the staff size? What is the technical environment?
    • Position: What do you expect the person filling this position to accomplish during the first 6 months? Where does it lead after that? What is the most important skill required for this position? What is the business problem you are trying to solve with this position? What would I be doing on a typical day?
    • Hiring Manager: How long have you been with the company? What do you like about the firm? What kinds of people succeed here or what qualities do successful people have in IT?
  3. Anticipate and prepare answers for likely objections, such as reasons for leaving current employer, job history where your tenure was 2 years or less, rationale to prove that you are ok with a long commute, why would you take a position under your current title/salary, etc. If you are unhappy with your current employer, do not dwell on negative aspects during the interview. Perhaps answer that you are looking for more growth opportunity, and leave it at that.
  4. Prepare a response to the ever-popular “Tell me about yourself” question. Aim for about 3 to 5 minutes, and focus on accomplishments rather than responsibilities. This answer should be purely professional, not personal in nature.
  5. Think of several reasons why you think you would be a good candidate (Skills, Personal Qualities, Accomplishments).
  6. Prepare for other common questions, including: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? What was your greatest failure, and what would you now do differently in the same situation?
  7. Bring a hard copy of the resume we provided to you, and review it and be prepared to speak to anything on it.
  8. Social Networking – ensure that anything available publicly has professional content only. Best bet is to ensure that Facebook, Myspace, Personal Blogs, etc. are private. Even if you believe that your personal life should not affect how people judge you professionally, the fact is they will, so protect yourself.
  9. Unless you have been specifically instructed one way or the other, please bring the information you might need to complete a background check authorization/employment application. This includes complete details of job, education and military history, along with references.