Posted by Adam Weissman, Director, IT and Legal Technology at Glenmont Group
I am always intrigued, often confused, and sometimes impressed, by the methods by which people prepare themselves for job interviews. A big discussion topic in the employment world is, “How do I distinguish myself as a candidate for a job?” I have learned over the course of my life as a recruiter that assuming an individual’s innate ability to interview well (i.e. dress appropriately, make eye contact, articulate ideas and information in a detailed-but-concise manner, ask questions that are both relevant and appropriate for the circumstances and the specific job or company, etc.) without guidance, ends poorly more often than not. Every time a candidate (whom we represent) interviews with one of our clients for an open, viable position, the outcome is a direct reflection on both the individual recruiter and Glenmont Group as a Search Firm, good, bad or indifferent. Each interview conversation, for each job, with each organization, can and must be tailored in order to convey the right message and fit.
Regardless of the level of position we are recruiting for, any candidate who interviews with one of our clients, has been prepared for their interview by a Glenmont Group recruiter. We are not providing canned responses, confidential information, or question lists, as we find many interviewers want to elicit different information from one interview to the next. Clients sometimes even base their inquiries within the context of the conversation with that specific individual. Rather, we focus on counseling these talented professionals in their mindsets and overall approach to the conversations and meetings they are about to have – the exchange of information that, for some, could have a profound impact on their professional and personal lives.
Ahh, the ever-elusive, no-fail tactics to ace every interview do not lie here. However, I read an article this morning by Vickie Elmer on AOL Jobs that identifies one interviewing strategy that can be beneficial to prospective job applicants, particularly in the professional setting. Elmer encourages interviewees to give thoughtful consideration to personal stories that can provide potential employers a highly-relevant, valuable insight into the broader makeup and character of that individual.