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Make your interview count

By David Brown, CEO of Hays U.S. on January 8th, 2020

A job interview is an essential part in the making right choice, but not just for the hiring manager. The shortage of key skills in the U.S. market means you could be weighing up multiple job opportunities. Here are 5 tips that you can use when you have an interview to ensure you get all the facts and make the right decision.

1) Envision yourself working for the company
Throughout the interview try and get a feel for the company culture. For example, do processes seem set in stone or are the management team open to new ideas? How does the company reward or recognize great performers? Understanding this will help you determine if this company is the best fit you, particularly important if you have multiple job offers on the table.

2) Make sure the opportunity supports your career development
Keep in mind your personal goals; is this the type of project you want to work on? Would you be using different tech? Does the total compensation package, not just the salary, match your expectations? Whether you’re confident in interviews or find them stressful, it’s easy to get caught up in promoting yourself and lose sight of whether this is actually the right job for you.

3) Come prepared with the right questions
Use the interview to ask probing questions to find out more the team and project. For example, how established are the teams you’ll be working with? What role could you play in 3, 5, 10+ years? What career path has the hiring manager taken to get where they are? This might be the only chance you have to get this level of detail. By fully understanding what’s on offer, you’ll be armed to make the right choice.

4) Try to speak with existing employees
If you can, be sure to speak with other employees at the company. How long have they been at the company? How has their role changed since they joined? Do they like working here? This will help you to get a more rounded view.

5) Send a follow up email
Thank you notes don’t need to be lengthy – even a couple paragraphs can go a long way. Try to reference something specific that you discussed and show your appreciation for the interview and excitement for the job.

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