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interview-tips-2BY: Adam Gavriel

Building off of the brilliant post this week from our president, Mitch Beck, on making sure your cover letter is right, we will continue the theme here on the blog of helping you get that job you’re eyeing.

This blog will focus on some more interview tips because let’s be honest, you can never have enough. Recently, we took a look at some questions that you should be asking interviewers, and today we will look at some general interview tips. Continue reading




BY: Adam Gavriel

We all know when heading into a job interview to prepare for the questions the interviewer will ask us; but what about what YOU should be asking the interviewer?

Yes, job seekers, the interview is as much about the company getting to know you, as it is you getting to know the company.  Not only that, but asking relevant questions to the job position or the company you are interviewing at is a great way to show potential employers your interest.

Doing this will immediately set you apart from every applicant who chose not to ask the interviewer any questions – which unfortunately is all too common. Continue reading


In this, the last of our rour part series we look at some of the most important factors in the process.


Be prepared for the difficult questions like, what is your area of weakness? What would you most like to improve on? These are known as knock-out questions. They are designed for you to expose some area of weakness that would prevent a company from hiring you. Over the years we’ve heard candidate after candidate tell us they know just how to answer them and we listen and have to correct them as they’ve answered in a way that, quite frankly, explains why they’re still interviewing and not in the job they’re after. We’ve found that answering the question any way other than what we’re about to share with you kills your chances.   

Can you keep a secret? We can’t let too many people know it or it might stop working? SSSssshhhh! Here it is…he says in a whisper. 

“I consider myself to be a very good (whatever) but I am not perfect and I am sure over the course of my employment here you are going to find things that you want me to work on and I want to assure you that I am open to constructive criticism when it arrives.” 

Now, keep that one to yourself. It could be the difference between you getting the job and the others not. This answer speaks to your confidence in your abilities and also says to the interviewer that you are open to constructive criticism which is always good. The whole point is not to give them something to rule you out over but to leave them with a positive.  


Close the Sale…When you are on an interview with the hiring manager…not HR, more on that in a moment, and you like what you are hearing, and ONLY if you are ready to move forward, (this is EXCEPTIONALLY important for people on Sales job interviews) ask for the job. Tell the interviewer “I like what I am hearing here today and I know I’ll be successful here at (whatever the company’s name is). So, how do I become a member of your team?” 

Asking for the job can be the difference between getting hired and not. 

Nobody likes to ask someone to the prom if they don’t think they are going to get a yes. It also  demonstrates to this potential employer that you can make decisions. 

When you are with Human Resources remember that unless you’re interviewing for an HR job, someone in Human Resources can only say, “No” and not “Yes.” You should also ask them, or any subordinates or other interviewers during the process if their recommendation to the hiring manager is going to be a positive one or not? If you get an honest person they will tell you and then you can work on turning that frown upside down. Ask them f they are not sure how you can change that view. In other words what additional information do you need to make clear to that person and what will it take to get a positive recommendation moving forward. 

Understand this; once you leave that interviewer there is nothing you can do about their reaction to you. If it was positive for them then, mission accomplished. If it’s not, then you didn’t get it done. Rule number one in the guide to show business, and it applies here as well, “Always leave them wanting more…” 


We could write a whole book on this, but let’s make it clear.  Never tell a company what money you want. You tell them your currently base, and if you have additional earnings that you can PROVE with a tax return or W2 and that’s it. 

The bottom line in salary negotiation is, “He who talks first loses.” Let them make you an offer and deal with it then.  


Get business cards with their e-mail address from everyone you meet and interview with. DON’T snail mail a thank-you note. Those days are gone. As soon as you get home write an email, individualized to each person you met including something that made that particular meeting of note and get it out to them immediately. We’ll go over poper thank you notes at another time. 

Should you wish to contact us or discuss anything feel free to give us a call at 203-459-9969 or email us at info at crossroadsconsulting dot com (sorry that we have to have you spell it out…we’re tired of spam…aren’t you? :) 



We started off our discussion of interview prepartaion and talked about the Six P’s and bringing your resume as well as turning the tables on the interviewer. We’ll look at the last two key elements to the preparation side of things and then talk a little bit about the interview itself.


It is important not to ask questions on ANY topic that’s already been addressed in your meeting – unless you’re looking for clarification. Then simply state that “we spoke about (whatever) earlier and I was looking for a little more information about…” 


Remember to bring your notepad, resumes and questions into the interview with you.

Those are some pretty simple tips to add to your repetoire.

Now let’s talk a little about the interview itself.


For Men: Wear a professional, conservative business suit and tie (NO jacket and dress slacks) Please be clean shaven and go easy on the cologne if you use it, no earrings or other distracting jewelry.

For Women: Wear a professional conservative business suit, or appropriate length skirt or dress (knee length or lower) or dress slacks and blouse…nothing exposing too much flesh. Use Conservative Make-Up and go easy on the perfume and no distracting jewelry. 


FIRST, remember there is no need to be nervous. You are simply two people talking and you are not there to beg. Remember, they need to sell you on being with their company as much as you need to sell them on hiring you


Be honest and truthful in the interview at all times. You won’t have any nervousness because you will always say the same thing. It also establishes what you would hope would be an honest relationship with the company. Have the attitude that if you are forthright and honest and then you do not get the job, it’s their loss. 

AGAIN, always answer questions honestly and truthfully. If they ask you a question that you don’t know the answer to, do not try to make something up. Companies will often ask you something they already know the answer to and are trying to see if you will answer honestly or not. If you don’t know the answer, simply say “I DON’T KNOW.”  Never leave that hanging  alone though. Follow it up with either: “I only need to be shown things once…”or better yet, in your own words tell the interviewer how and what steps you will take to obtain and provide them the answer.


“I will have that answer for you by (fill in the blank)” and then make sure you do!

There are more elements coming in our next report… In the meantime, tell your friends about our site and feel free to leave us questions that you might be having regarding your job search and perhaps we can help…

Should you wish to contact us or discuss anything feel free to give us a call at 203-459-9969 or email us at info at crossroadsconsulting dot com (sorry that we have to have you spell it out…we’re tired of spam…aren’t you? :)