Gary Burnison is the CEO of a recruiting firm and one of the biggest pieces of advice he has for job hunters out there is to sweat the small stuff. He says that in his decades of interviewing experience that he’s seen too many people making rookie mistakes that destroy their first impression. Here are the biggest ones to look out for:
- Learn About The Company’s Story, Products, And Services. According to Burnison, you should walk into an interview well versed in what the company does, their history, their leadership team, and the challenges they’re facing. Anything less is walking in unprepared.
- Research Who You’re Going To Meet And Prepare Some Icebreakers. This isn’t a blind date. You should walk in, or log in, to your interview knowing something about the other people in the room. Check their LinkedIn for connections or ask whoever is coordinating about the people you’ll be talking to.
- Have Meaningful Questions To Ask. The interviewer is going to ask you if you have any questions for them. You better have questions for them. Burnison recommends either ‘Why is this position open?’ or ‘How can I contribute in ways that go beyond the job listing responsibilities? ’Saying ‘my only question is when do I start?’ is not advised.