Getting an interview for a job you want is an exciting moment, but once the initial excitement fades, you will probably begin to feel anxious about the actual interview process. For many, it can be hard to know what to expect before we begin an interview, but there are things you can do to better prepare for it. We spoke with Rob Sisti, Financial recruiter at The Goodkind Group who let us in on his top tips for interviewing.
It’s vital to know the firm inside and out before you begin your interview. Try to get to know their business and their strategy and understand what they are doing out in the market as much as you can, paying special attention to their personal brand. “A lot of clients I work with are big on their brand and they want people to understand who they are and what they are doing,” says Sisti. “You want to be able to have an educated conversation about their business.”
Never talk about compensation
Compensation is an important part of any job, but during your interview, it’s best not to bring it up. “Don’t talk about compensation even if you get pressed on it,” says Sisti. “Always make it about the opportunity and the role.”
Know your resume
A good resume is one of the most important things you can have when job searching. But not only do you need to create the resume, you need to know it too. Make sure everything listed on your resume is something you were passionate about and something that relates to the current job or your career as a whole. “Be able to tell the story of your career,” says Sisti. Don’t just list out bullet points of your responsibilities.
Be ready with a list of questions you can ask the company during your interview. “Ask about the team, the culture, the role, and what they like about it there,” says Sisti. “You are interviewing them as well, so you want to be able to find out if it’s the right fit for you.”
Be engaged and positive
You may be worried about your own responses, but it’s important that you remain engaged and keep a positive attitude throughout the entirety of the interview process. “During an interview, be engaged even if you feel the job may not be right for you,” Sisti says. It’s also important to never bad mouth current or past employers or speak negatively about your current job.
“If there is something you don’t know, tell them that,” says Sisti. Instead of pretending to know something you don’t, be open and honest about things you don’t know, saying you are looking forward to learning them. “Let them see that you can really learn new things by having examples ready of learning experiences you’ve had in the past.”
If you are looking for a new job, or looking to hire a new employee, it’s in your best interest to work with a recruiting firm like The Goodkind Group who can help you throughout the entire process. You can contact us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.