This week's post is the final part of our blog series and we are sharing tips on what makes a good interview, creating rapport with your interviewer, and how to leverage referrals.
What makes a good interview?
Usually, a good interview is like a good conversation. The recruiter will ask you questions, and you will respond accordingly. It is healthy to ask questions as well since it demonstrates your interest and commitment to the process. Not having any questions could indicate a lack of interest from your end.
Recruiting is like dating, both sides should want to move forward. You should think of the interview process as your first date where you learn more about the company and understand if it is a fit for you.
Creating rapport in an interview is not an easy thing but could reap amazing results. Here are a few tips you could try:
- Be positive: Bring positive examples of things that you have worked on in the past.
- Smile while talking: It is interesting how other people can feel you are smiling without seeing your face.
- Show interest: When you are talking to people who are interested in what you are saying, the conversation is more pleasant.
- Be yourself: Authenticity is always good, and you should find a company that allows you to be authentic. People that are authentic at work are usually happier and more satisfied with their job.
- Find a common ground: Finding similar interests could help you in creating a rapport with your interviewer. Researching about the person you will speak to can help you with that mission.
Ending the interview with a positive comment like “It was nice talking to you” or “thank you for your time” could also help you create rapport and earn some brownie points.
Should you follow up with the recruiter?
It could be helpful, but it is not essential. A thank you note is another strategy to create value and sending it after two days of the interview could keep you under the recruiter’s radar.
Recruiters love referrals for different reasons, however, the main point is that employees know what their companies are looking for and what people need to succeed there. When they decide to refer someone, they usually know this person will be a good fit culturally and probably knowledge-wise.
If you know someone who could refer you to a position in their organization, don’t hesitate to ask. It will put your profile ahead of regular applicants.
Does it mean you are going to get the job? Not necessarily.
You need to possess the right skills a company is looking for in addition to a cultural fit with the team. Use a referral wisely, only ask people to refer you when you have at least 60-70% of the skills listed on the job description.
We hope you now have some useful insights that could help with your job search. Good luck.