Whether it is the interview for your dream job or your first attempt out of college, make sure you pull out all stops before sitting across the interviewer.
To help you in giving your best at the interview, Facebook’s Global Head of Recruiting Miranda Kalinoswki shares the pearls of wisdom.
Here are some of them:
Think about the values
Amazing grades, impressive resume and crisp answers can only take you so far. You also need to make sure that you connect with the company’s core ethos and goals. In the case of Facebook, they are looking for a certainly personality type. She reveals:
We hire builders. What I mean by that is, whether you’re someone like a finance analyst or a designer or one of our engineers, the people who thrive here are the people who look beyond the status quo. They love creating new things and figuring out how to continuously improve the way that we’re working and the products we’re building.
When answering questions in the interview, vagueness will surely sink the boat. Present the interviewer with some solid examples from your experience and be prepared to speak to them about it. Incorporating specific details will strengthen your credibility and impress the interviewer. Often times, the interviewer cares more about the thought than the anecdote. She adds:
The interviewer will want to get quite deep into the detail of that situation and listen for what the candidate did and said and thought in those moments so they can really get to know how that person approaches problem-solving. We’re always very keen to understand how candidates approach a problem.
Be your own advocate. Owning up a mistake and seeking permission to begin once again makes you come across as honest, authentic and confident. Kalinowski remembers:
I had a decision to make. “I decided to pause the interview and say to the interviewer, ‘I feel like I’ve given a bad example and I can think of a better one, do you mind if I start again?’ I was probably 45 seconds into the answer. The interviewer not only encouraged that, but I think I won some brownie points just in terms of being authentic and having the confidence to ask for that.
Have a conversation
Kalinowski believes that it is pivotal to have a conversation with the interviewer than to recite the learnt answers.
Kalionwski remembers a candidate expressed great joy and enthusiasm for working at Facebook. She added that the candidate went far ahead to offer her services for free. However, Facebook will never accept such an offer but that did impress Kalionwski. It is important to let the interviewer know that you are enthusiastic about the job profile.
Do your homework
Do not sham on the research. Know what you are getting into before you appear in the interview. Many companies like Facebook have the relevant resources on the websites to help and educate a potential employee about the work ethics, hiring process and other details of the company.
First impression is the last impression. Interviews are the most important event in a person’e career and must never be taken lightly.