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For the interviewer
IT staffing firms in Dallas all agree the key to successful interviewing is consistency. Try to isolate and identify your personal opinions vs. the facts you gather. However you perceive them, positive or negative, it doesn’t really matter if somebody has a different shade of skin color, religion, is flamboyantly gay, uses crutches, or even a wheelchair. You need to focus on their talents and if they can do the job.
Of course, they need to fit the corporate culture, but don’t try to create a culture by selecting only candidates that align with your personal values. If everyone in your department is the same, expect a plunge in creativity.
You also need to have a set of questions that is the same for every interview. Of course, you can go “off-page” to pursue interesting talent discoveries, but every candidate should answer the same questions, and if the questions lend themselves to it, rate the answers from 1-5 in terms how well they address the question.
The result is that you are going to have something that is directly comparable with another candidate. It’s not up to your memory, indigestion you experienced that Thursday morning, or the fact that your baby is due any day now.
For the candidate
There really is nothing more valuable than personal integrity. Don’t lie because it will be discovered and you will be terminated.
Be like the golfer who would never take a Mulligan; who counted every single stroke; who would never take a gimme. That one day when he was playing a round all by himself and got a hole-in-one, there was absolutely no question about it when he walked into the clubhouse and announced it.
On another note, remember that although you’re trying to show them that you’re a good candidate for this particular job, it is also your opportunity to learn about the company. This is your chance to ask questions of the person directly in front of you who has close personal experience with the company.
Do some research to identify your interviewer’s area of expertise. They’re qualified to interview you, so Google them. Of course, you can try stock questions such as:
Why do you work here? What attracts you to this place?
What is the worst part of this job?
What are the members of the team like?
…but if you go just a bit deeper, you’ll be able to ask questions that differentiate you from other candidates such as:
“I noted that you introduced a new strategy last year and it has created a whole new market for the company. What would it take for me to join that project? I have some novel ideas about where it can go."
The Takeaway: Interviewing with IT staffing firms in Dallas
Dallas technical recruiters, interviewers, and candidates are all human beings. We all have failings and biases that we need to recognize and compensate for. Once we have those under control, the interview achieves its full value by exchanging information so that both the candidate and the interviewer can decide if this is the right position/person combination.
By doing it right, you get the most possible out of the interview. It’s your best chance for success!