Interview Season!!

It’s interview season in DireLights!! One of the best (and scariest for some) times of the year. We have some really good candidates this year for different positions inside of the business. Lots of creative minds who will all bring something new and unique to the company, and I can’t wait to see what they all do this year. 

I am the CTO of the company, so I will be in charge of interviewing students who are interested in joining the tech department. This is kind of stressful because I don’t know how to be a good interviewer, so I decided to do some research and write about my findings. Workable.com gives some good tips on how you can improve your interviewing skills, one of them being you should know your candidate before interviewing them. Look at their application and resume to see if they are going to be a good fit even without talking to them. This will give you an overview of the interviewee and tell you a little about them beforehand. You can also ask them questions about some of the things they did on their resume. A good example would be, “I see here that you earned an award during your freshman year, what was the award for?” Another thing is to talk to them like a person!! Be friendly and make them feel comfortable, no one wants to be even more scared during the interview. Ask them about their day and make a connection with them. This will bring down their walls a little bit and allow them to feel more safe opening up about different things. This is very important because first impressions are everything and you want to make sure you leave a good impression on your interviewee. The last super key aspect is to review your companies mission statement. Make sure they know what your mission statement is and how they can fit inside of the statement so they can be a good part of the company. Always keep this in mind when interviewing because the employees are the face of the company and if they don’t fit the brand, don’t hire them.

On the flip side, some people have never had an interview before and they don’t know what to expect or how they should act. DireLights was my first ever interview and I was so nervous haha. I knew that a few other people were interviewing for my position as well, so the pressure was on heavily. Here are some of the things I will be looking for when interviewing new students. One of the main things is to be on time!! Always always always give a good first impression because that is the only thing employers have to go off of. You want to show up early to your interview just in case something happens that will make you late. I will be looking for hard workers, and if they can’t show up on time, that already sets a negative picture in my mind. Also, have a strong resume. Good punctuation, spelling, and grammar are all things I will be looking for when going over the resumes. If there is a mistake, it makes you look sloppy and unprofessional which is not what I want from my team. Lastly, know the company and the position you are applying for. Make sure you know what you are signing up for before you get the position so you know what is expected of you. I will be looking for all of these things when doing interviews because they are all important components of someone who will be a good candidate for the tech team. Best of luck! 

I’m really looking forward to the following weeks. Interviews will be held the 8th for the tech team, so if you are applying for a tech position, I’ll see you then!! Best of luck to everyone, hope you were able to learn from and take something away from this post to improve your interviewing skills. This is going to be a great year!

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