Denver Staffing Agency - Interview Tips & Basic Preparation for the Denver Job Seeker, Part 1
The job interview is a strategic conversation with a purpose. Your goal is to show the Denver employer that you have the skills, background, and ability to do the job, and that you can successfully fit into the organization and its culture.
J. Kent Staffing Managers and Recruiters understand that seeking Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary or Temp-to-Hire employment can be a stressful process for you and your family, especially after two or three unsuccessful interviews.
So rethink your basic preparation and learn more about the interview dress rehearsal preparation process. However, before you engage in that “strategic conversation,” some basic preparation is required as the competition is fierce. Here are the bare bone basics.
Tip # 1: Practice Mock Interviews
It's important to prepare yourself for talking with complete strangers. If you are really serious about landing a job in Denver’s competitive job market, practice interviewing. Practice in your mirror, with a friend, and if possible, videotape yourself to study your responses. Ask your friend to give you constructive criticism on your speaking style, mannerisms, and poise. As you practice, avoid colloquialisms, such as "like" and "you know."
Tip #2: Company Research & Website Review
Research the company and review their website. Today’s corporate websites are a wealth of information that can help you prepare for your interview. Read all relevant parts of company’s website, news articles, current press releases, and especially staff bios that may be involved in your interview. If you are interviewing with a specific department, for example, try to gleam some insight here as well. This basic advice will serve you well.
Tip #3: Dress Professionally & Don’t Bring Additional “Baggage”
Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression. To learn more about dressing professionally for an interview read our blog post, Your Appearance Is Part of the Package. The night before your interview, lay out your clothes. This type of organization boosts your confidence. Now to the baggage question. Avoid carrying extra paraphernalia (gym bag, laptop, luggage, huge purses, books, shopping bags, etc.) to the interview. It’s just not professional, and your extra and unnecessary “paraphernalia” is burdensome to both you and the interviewer.
Tip #4: Do Not Bring Anyone Else
Inviting a friend to accompany you to the interview is unprofessional, and will not win you any additional interview points. On the contrary, friends or over protecting family members accompanying you to an interview will be a strike against you.
Tip #5: Is Someone Driving You to an Interview?
If you have transportation, drive yourself to the interview. But, if you do not, ask your driver to wait for you outside of the building in their car. Bringing others to your scheduled interview:
- telegraphs that you do not understand the basic rules of business engagement
- shows that you have bad judgment before the interview even starts
- questions your insecurity and lack of confidence
- creates the impression that you do not have your own means of transportation
Tip # 6: Be on Time – Not Too Early and Not Too Late
J. Kent Staffing Manager’s advice for Denver job seekers—and perhaps the most important—is to be on time, not too early and not too late. Being late, even just a couple of minutes late, is a sure fire way to fail an interview. On the other hand, being on time also means not arriving too early. Not only does it create an awkward situation for the interviewer, who feels responsible for your comfort during the wait time, it also can create difficulty for other interviewees, who may not want to be seen interviewing.
- Arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time, announce your arrival, and introduce yourself to the receptionist or first point of corporate contact.
- Exude professionalism as soon as you enter the company premises.
- Smile and be friendly to everyone around you, particularly the receptionist.
- Start a conversation if possible, you might even learn something useful that you can use during the interview.
- Be on your best behavior, even before you meet the interviewer.
- Smoke, chew gum, or drink coffee. Bringing your favorite coffee thermos mug to the interview is not cool.
- Use your cell phone: don’t talk, text, play games, or listen to music on your phone while waiting in the reception area. In fact, this is a good time to make sure your cell phone is turned off completely. And remember, off means off, not vibrate.
- Cancel an interview, or worse, not show up without giving advanced notice. These are major red flags that indicate your lack professionalism, and dependability. If you must cancel, make sure to do so well ahead of time, and through your Denver Staffing Manager.
Tip #7: The Employment Application Is Also a Test and a Critical Part of the Hiring Process
Many organizations are required to have candidates complete an application form as well as collect a resume. It may seem redundant to you, but to a Denver employer it is not only an essential part of the hiring process, but is often required by the state. Denver employers look at the way an application is filled out as well as the information on it, so here are some simple basic preparation thoughts:
- Read and understand the application directions
- Complete the application form neatly and clearly (hard copy or online)
- Use your professional resume as a guide when filling out the required application information
- Create a “application reference sheet” that contains information not contained on your resume but many times is required on an application: addresses, phone numbers of your previous places of employment, the dates of employment, your supervisor’s name and contact information (phone number, email) and any other information or personal facts you may need.
- Represent all your background honestly: education, certifications, GPA, experience, etc.
- Write “open” when answering the desired salary question.
- Write “See résumé" even if the information is the same.
Source: Workforce and J. Kent Staffing Managers