Follow these job interview tips to set yourself apart and increase your chances of being hired.
- Learn about the client and visit their website. Know about their industry, products & services, IT environment, company culture, current news items.
- Understand the job requirements including description of the role, technical skills, application skills
- Know the details on your resume. Be comfortable and articulate in describing your experience. Make sure you are able to answer any questions that pertain to what’s written on your resume.
II. Phone Interview
- Prepare and treat the phone screen as you would an in-person interview.
- Use a landline phone or strong cell signal if possible to maximize clarity.
- Make sure you are in quiet surroundings where you can speak comfortably without distractions.
- Have your resume in front of you along with a pen & paper so you can take notes.
- Have energy and a friendly smile in your voice. Consider standing while speaking to better project your voice.
III. In-Person Interview
- Consider wearing a suit & tie if appropriate or casual business attire. It shows respect and professionalism. (If this is not possible, notify us in advance for guidance.)
- Be on time. Leave extra travel time in the event of delays. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time so you can settle down and organize yourself – but do not announce yourself until a couple minutes before the scheduled appointment. If you are running late, make sure you have Project One’s phone # with you so you can alert us in advance and we will notify the client.
- Take 4 copies of your resume (as formatted and presented by Project One) in the event you need to share a copy with the client.
- Greet the interviewer(s) with a friendly smile and a firm handshake. Show confidence.
- Ask the interviewer to describe the position. This will allow you to better target your answers.
- Answer the question asked. Be direct and complete, but do not ramble on. Don’t limit your answers to a simple yes or no, but be more descriptive to indicate your knowledge.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask beforehand. This shows the client your level of interest and also demonstrates your inquisitiveness and analytical thinking.
- Focus on the client’s needs and not your own interests. Think in terms of “what I can do for them,” not “what can they do for me.”
- Keep the conversation professional. It’s okay to be friendly, but be careful not to get overly personal.
- Never bad mouth a previous client. Always remain professional and limit negative comments. It’s ok to indicate that a previous position was not a good fit.
- Never lie or misrepresent your experience since these are grounds for immediate rejection. If you don’t know the answer to a particular question be honest and don’t try to bluff your way through.
- For consulting positions, if you are asked about compensation – tell the interviewer that’s a matter they must speak directly with Project One about since the pay rate differs from the bill rate.
- For full-time hire positions, if you are asked about compensation – be honest about your salary history and what salary you’re seeking (which should be consistent with what you discussed with Project One.)
- Wrap up the interview by summarizing why you would be a good fit. Ask the interviewer if they have any concerns with your experience so you can clarify any misunderstandings. Let them know that you are very interested and want the job.
If you have any further questions or require additional information or assistance, please contact your Project One representative.