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Interview guide - Gogohire

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This guide will walk you through step by step on how to nail your next interview.

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Interview guide - Gogohire

  1. 1. Interview Guide
  2. 2. Table of contents Interview prep Prepare your pitch Interview questions Questions to ask Interview day Follow up Follow up template
  3. 3. Interview prep Do research and take notes View the company's website Product: what is the 30-60 second elevator pitch? Careers: Look at the details of the role you are interviewing for. What is it like to work there? About us: when was the company founded? By who? Research the company on Crunchbase Funding, employee size, founded date, news, and competitors. Dive deep into this stuff! Research the company on LinkedIn Interviewers: what the backgrounds of the people you are interviewing with? Do you have anything in common with them (past employers, college, activities)? Do you have common connections? Connections: are you connected with anyone that works there? If so, speak with them to learn more about the company and role. Employees in your desired role: what are the backgrounds of the current employees that are in the role that you are interviewing for? Pro tip: send LinkedIn connection requests to the people you will be interviewing with. In the body of the request write "I am very excited about the opportunity and I look forward to speaking with you."
  4. 4. Prepare your pitch Set yourself apart Pitch the company What is the company’s value prop? What is it they are uniquely bringing to the market that no other company brings? Who are their competitors? How does the company you are interviewing for stand out? Pitch yourself Be prepared to talk to all the information you have included on the resume that you submitted for the given job and be prepared to explain each bullet point with an example -- tell a story. Remember: Stories sell, information tells! (so don't just list off what you did, paint a vivid picture!) Be prepared to talk in specific terms about your interest in the job and the employer. Be able to answer "Why are you interviewing for this position?” with a well thought out, articulate response. How have your past successes and experiences prepared you to bring value to the company and success in the role? Why are you the best fit for the role?
  5. 5. Interview questions Write down and practice your answers to the common interview questions below “What’s your biggest weakness?” Think of a genuine issue you have as well as ways you have managed to work with/around it (“I’m not naturally a very organized thinker, but I’ve become very organized on paper and in my personal space as a result”). “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Be honest about what your greater aspirations are (ex. going back to school, starting your own business); ambition is a very desirable trait in an employee. “Why do you want this job?” You can answer the question by using it as a way of highlighting your skills (“I shine in fast-paced, high-pressure situations and would love to have the opportunity to cultivate my talents here”). “Why did you leave your last job?” Don't act bitter or lay blame, as this will make you look ungracious and hard to work with and try to put a positive spin on things. Pro-Tip: Don't be afraid to admit that you don't know something. While you definitely want to seem knowledgeable, don't lie to make it seem like you know something you don't. You probably won't fool your interviewer, and admitting to not knowing something is much more impressive than lying during your interview. Common questions you'll be asked
  6. 6. Questions to ask Interviewer specific "Why did you leave [past employer] to join [company]? How do you like it here?" "When you look at the above-average performers and average or under-performing people on your team, what are the characteristics of the above-average?" "What would you say have been the biggest surprises for you after joining the company?" Company specific "What new markets are the company planning to explore in the next couple of years?” or “What professional growth opportunities are tailored for this role?” Both show that you want to be on the same page as the people you’ll be working for." "What is the company's growth trajectory? Do you plan to have another round of funding? If so, what do you plan to using the funding for? What's the exit strategy?" Pro tip: talking and listening should be split around 50/50. Don’t talk 80% of the time, it’s a turn off and doesn’t show that you’re a good active listener. Also, ask questions to bond with the interviewer and project your enthusiasm. Inquire about his/her position and background. Prepare 5+ questions
  7. 7. Interview day The basics It's better to overdress than underdress. We always recommend that you wear a suit. Get a good nights rest and show up to the office 15 minutes early. (General life tip: 5 minutes early is on time, "on time" is late). Bring positive energy and smile. Be honest. The company will likely do backdoor reference checking. Sell yourself Explain why you are the perfect fit for the job. #own-it! The more you prepare and research the better off you'll be. Be articulate. Keep answers short and simple, and back up points with examples. The close Ask each interviewer if they have any hesitations moving forward with you. Reiterate your excitement about the opportunity. Ask them about next steps. Some tips
  8. 8. Follow up Follow ups are extremely important Collect business cards from everyone you speak to. Send follow up emails within 24 hours and send hand written cards too! Even if you don't move on, the hand written cards make an impact and you never know you'll come across again later in your life and career.
  9. 9. Follow up template Hi [First name], Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet me and discuss the [position] currently available at [company name]. I enjoyed learning about the [product / service]. Obviously, to sell [product/service] to prospective customers, one has to be good at prospecting, connecting with leads and demonstrating that he or she understands their situation to gain the trust needed to move forward. I believe that I can bring these strengths to your organization; -First, you recall my [your background]. -Second, my success [XYZ] gave me a more comprehensive understanding of real business issues. I feel this will allow me to map [company’s product] to customer needs very professionally and efficiently. -Finally, I have the drive to learn the solution offering, the [market] and [company name] culture as the means to ensure my success as part of your team. If you have any feedback or questions that were left unanswered from our meeting, please let me know. Again, thank you so much for your time and the opportunity. I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Kind regards, [Your name]
  10. 10. Take advantage of our assistance. Your success is our success. Call toll-free (or text): 855-220-0846 Email: support@gogohire.com

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