Con’s Corner: Interview Hacks

Not only is Constance our fearless leader at SMAC, she’s our resident expert on how to succeed in business by working harder and smarter. She’s experienced more than a few good, bad, and meh one-on-one’s in her time—so we knew she was the right person to ask for guidance on how to crush that next, big job interview.”  – M.S

There’s no “I” in “Team.” Right out of the gate, the quality I look for when we are hiring someone goes back to the ethos of the company: Is this person a team player? If they are coming into the interview and it’s all about “I” and “me” instead of wanting to be a part of our organization, then we’re not the right company for them. At SMAC, we pride ourselves on the team effort and the camaraderie that comes from working as a cohesive unit. Personal goals and achievements, just like records in sports are exciting, but it’s all about the WIN for the whole team!

Do your homework. I like a candidate who comes prepared; who knows what the company philosophy is as well as what the core business and projects are. It goes without saying that you should do your research on the company and, if possible, the person who’s vetting you. Obviously you can’t read the mind of an interviewer, but you also might want to jot down some notes for those frequently asked interview questions to keep your responses top of mind—and tailor your responses about your experience to the position you’re being considered for. It is ok to have notecards in the room.

Just breathe. There’s always going to be a question that stumps you in an interview. Instead of freaking out, take a few seconds to center yourself and absorb the question; then thoughtfully put together an answer. If you expect the unexpected by staying on your toes, you’re sure to kill it.

Be yourself. Can’t emphasize this point enough! Don’t go in and try and be the person that you think they want you to be. Be honest about who you are and what you’re capable of. Because once you get hired, it will become apparent very quickly who and what you are—and that’s really going to make a difference in the trajectory of your career.