Nailing the Interview
About Jim Sherry & Harbor Partners
Jim Sherry, is President and CEO of Harbor Partners, an Information Technology staffing...
About This Advice
When preparing candidates to meet with a client for the first time, one of the
things I do is send them ...
5 Ways You Can Shoot Yourself in
the Foot During the Interview
1. Stop Using Generalities
• Stop saying “I’m A Problem-solver” and “I’m A Real Team
Player”
• Generalities about strength...
2. Never Say “I Don’t Have Any
Weaknesses”
• Question about weakness determines character, honesty
and self-awareness
• Ha...
3. Don’t Give Answers That Are Too
Short Or Too Long
• Quality of the presentation of answer is very vital along
with the ...
4. Don’t Ask “What’s In It For Me”
Questions
• Such questions are an instant turn-off even if the
candidate is high in dem...
5. Don’t Look At Your Resume
• Looking at the resume indicates nervousness and possible
fabrication
• Candidates are expec...
5 Ways You Can Gain an
Interviewing Advantage
1. Be Prepared
• Read about the company, industry, job description and
also go through LinkedIn profiles of people who wil...
2. Ask Insightful Questions
• Candidates are judged on three basics:
• First impression
• Quality of answers
• Quality of ...
3. Convert The Interview Into A
Past Performance Review
• Ask about the major performance expectations for the job
• Give ...
4. Prove Strengths And Neutralize
Weaknesses
• Write down all strengths and weaknesses
• Back your strengths with 1-2 acco...
5. Ask About Next Steps
• Towards the end of interview, ask where you stand and
find out the next steps
• A vague response...
Final Thoughts
• Savvy job seekers turn the odds in their favor by adopting
the correct technique
• Preventing what can go...
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Nailing the Interview

Harbor Partners walks you through the do's and don'ts of interview so that you can get the job.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Published in: Career      
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  • 1. Nailing the Interview
  • 2. About Jim Sherry & Harbor Partners Jim Sherry, is President and CEO of Harbor Partners, an Information Technology staffing firm, and a two time Top 40 Winner of the Philadelphia 100 award in 2013 and 2014. Harbor is recognized as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the region and provides critical services and SME-level feedback that insures alignment between business and IT initiatives. Harbor Partners can deliver talent on a contract, contract to hire or permanent hire basis, focusing on Project and Program Managers, Business, Systems & Process Analysts, Business, Systems and Application Architects, and Developers. Harbor also staffs interim and permanent technology leadership roles.
  • 3. About This Advice When preparing candidates to meet with a client for the first time, one of the things I do is send them a copy of these 5 do’s and don’ts from Lou Adler of The Adler Group. Lou has been a recruiter of over 5,000 job seekers in his 35+ year career as well as the author of the book, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Fired.
  • 4. 5 Ways You Can Shoot Yourself in the Foot During the Interview
  • 5. 1. Stop Using Generalities • Stop saying “I’m A Problem-solver” and “I’m A Real Team Player” • Generalities about strengths are forgotten and ignored • Examples and stories put forward by the candidate holds importance • These examples define the strengths and attributes of the candidate
  • 6. 2. Never Say “I Don’t Have Any Weaknesses” • Question about weakness determines character, honesty and self-awareness • Having no weakness means not having the room for improvement • Admitting a weakness and explaining how it made one better indicates the willingness to improve
  • 7. 3. Don’t Give Answers That Are Too Short Or Too Long • Quality of the presentation of answer is very vital along with the content • Best answers are 1-2 minutes long • Short answers indicate lack of interest or ability to express • Long answers highlight boredom and imprecision
  • 8. 4. Don’t Ask “What’s In It For Me” Questions • Such questions are an instant turn-off even if the candidate is high in demand • Once the candidate is given green signal then such questions do make sense
  • 9. 5. Don’t Look At Your Resume • Looking at the resume indicates nervousness and possible fabrication • Candidates are expected to know everything about themselves and the company • Use 3x5 cards to write important information to help the learning process but never use them during the interview
  • 10. 5 Ways You Can Gain an Interviewing Advantage
  • 11. 1. Be Prepared • Read about the company, industry, job description and also go through LinkedIn profiles of people who will conduct the interview • Be precise and to the point • Get to know your strengths, weaknesses, work history and every other crucial detail
  • 12. 2. Ask Insightful Questions • Candidates are judged on three basics: • First impression • Quality of answers • Quality of questions • Best questions focus on challenges of role and relationship of job to the business
  • 13. 3. Convert The Interview Into A Past Performance Review • Ask about the major performance expectations for the job • Give examples from your past to convince the interviewer you know how to do what is needed to be done • Convince the interviewer you are the best fit for the job by focusing on quantifiable results delivered
  • 14. 4. Prove Strengths And Neutralize Weaknesses • Write down all strengths and weaknesses • Back your strengths with 1-2 accomplishments in life • Neutralize weaknesses by describing how you converted them to a learning experience and have become better
  • 15. 5. Ask About Next Steps • Towards the end of interview, ask where you stand and find out the next steps • A vague response will indicate you are not fit for the job • Ask about the shortcoming in case of a vague response
  • 16. Final Thoughts • Savvy job seekers turn the odds in their favor by adopting the correct technique • Preventing what can go wrong is a great way to ensure things go right!

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