The Perfect Interview

Let me tell you a story about your perfect interview. It’s a short and simple story. You make it look easy.

  • You have reviewed all the material you can find on the company and position

  • You arrive slightly before your interview feeling mentally sharp from your full night of rest

  • You greet the receptionist with warmth

  • You greet your interviewers with a wide smile and professional enthusiasm

  • You are relaxed and enjoying the opportunity to meet other industry professionals

  • You listen carefully to their questions, pause before responding, and provide concise, honest, and on-topic answers

  • You ask simple contextual questions and prepared questions and listen carefully to understand.

  • You conclude the interview with gratitude for the opportunity and share your attraction to the role, if appropriate.

  • You ask for their preferred next step and schedule the next meeting before leaving

  • You send a gracious thank you note (hand written for extra points) to all the interviewers

That is how you nail the interview.

About the author

TJ Kastning is the principal of Ambassador Search Group, a boutique recruiting agency passionate about finding excellent professionals for amazing construction companies.

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