PMBC Group’s client Gray Scalable featured in Inc.
Your resume has done its job and you’ve landed an interview. It’s great progress toward finding your next big opportunity, but how you present yourself in person is what really matters. Unfortunately, even smart people can make a bad impression and not even know it. Take some advice on what not to do, according to staffing experts who see too many candidates making the same mistakes over and over again.
1. Don’t talk about money.
“Candidates who are proactive and research their market value before the interview rarely bring up compensation during the first or second interviews. These candidates are the cream of the crop because they aren’t focused on what the company can do for them. Rather, they focus on how they can contribute to the company and really add value. Employers want to hear what strengths are being brought to the table and how they will not only contribute to the team but also compliment.”
–Scott Galanos, branch manager at staffing and search firm Addison Group
2. Don’t neglect to do research.
“One of the biggest mistakes candidates make during a job interview is not doing their research. Prior to, and during, your interview process you should click through as much of their website as you can and read any articles you can find on the company online. Not only will this help you hone in on the questions you want to ask but you’ll enter the interview process with some context. Related, it’s a major red flag to any recruiter or hiring manager if you show that you have no real knowledge about the company. Even if you were approached about a job you should do a basic review of their product before you start interviewing. Basic questions like ‘what do you do?’ are far too common and convey laziness and a general disinterest in the company that can be hard to recover from.”
–Lucia Smith, an HR Consultant for Gray Scalable, which provides customized HR solutions for companies including WeWork, BuzzFeed, and Spotify
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