|By Cathy Marks,
Delivery Manager at Eagle
It’s important to work with your recruiter and obtain enough information to put your mind at ease before an interview with a client for an IT contract. You want to gather as much information possible about the client and technology project to ensure you arrive at the interview without stress; you need to make a perfect first impression.
Here is Some Information Required for Job Interview Prep:
- Location: Ensure you have the correct logistics for the job interview. Correct client address, floor number, and parking if available. View the location on Google Earth. This will allow you to picture the building before you get there.
- Date, Time and Duration: Reconfirm you have the correct date and time for the interview. Ensure you have saved enough time so you are not be rushed during your interview.
- Job Description: Obtain a detailed job description from your recruiter. If the job description is vague, work with your recruiter to identify people who have worked in this role in the past and learn what their responsibilities were.
- Hiring Manager Details: Ask who you will be interviewing with — is it a panel interview or just one person? Research your interviewers and gather information about their titles, group they work in, and their previous experiences. Also ask your recruiter about the hiring manager’s interview style and what questions they have asked in the past.
- Company: Research the company with whom you have a scheduled job interview. Know the size of the organization, their main focus, their mission statement and look for any latest news and updates.
- Your Resume: Know your resume and make sure you can speak of examples from your resume. Cross-reference the job description to your resume and make sure you have all the skills required, or at least, at a minimum, skills that are comparable.
- Interview questions: There are a lot of questions that can be found online; however, refrain from memorizing questions and answers as you will sound robotic during an interview. Instead, write down some of your own examples so they are top of mind.
- Seek Advice: Ask your recruiter to identify potential flaws in the communication style, they will be honest with you and you will appreciate the honesty in the long run. For example, you may have a habit of saying too much so they will advise you to slow down and be clear and concise. Use the below STAR method when describing examples so you don’t lose the hiring manager with too many details about an IT project that they have little interest in.
- S = Situation (Describe the situation: general/specific)
- T = Technique (What approach did you use?)
- A = Action (What action did you take?)
- R = Result (What was the result of your action?)
- Prepare Questions: You always want to have a couple of questions for the end of the interview. If your questions have already been answered by the time it gets to that point, it’s okay to say so.
- Plan what you are wearing: Lay out your attire the night before and make sure you have a nice crisp shirt/blouse to wear. Don’t dress casual too any interview.
- Be positive: Last but very important, be positive and have fun. It’s better to speak about a glass half full than a glass half empty. Smile — it goes a long way.
Once a job interview has been completed, it’s also important to follow up with your recruiter. They will want to hear how your interview went and if you are interested in the role. It’s also important to let your recruiter know if you have other interviews or offers in progress so they can push the hiring manager for feedback.