How to Succeed Pre, During and Post Job Interview

By Corey Hastings

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Picture this: you’ve made it through the first round of the job search process – your stand-out resume was selected and you’ve been called in for an interview. While congratulations are in order, it’s also time to start planning out how you’re going to stick the landing and secure the job.

Focusing on the interview itself is a good first step, but sometimes pre-interview preparation and post-interview follow up can go by the wayside. Below, we’ve put together a guide on how you can impress your interviewer and land the job pre, during and post job interview.

Before the Interview

If we could sum up your pre-interview experience in one word it would be: preparation! You can never be too prepared for a job interview, and the more you know about a company the more you’ll impress your interviewer.

Preparation should include:

  • Familiarizing yourself with the company’s website. Don’t just skim their home page, dig deep into the industry and the goals of the organization. Discover who they work and partner with, what services and products they provide, and any top company members listed.
  • Google the company and read about any recent projects, awards or press releases.
  • Check the company’s social networks like Linkedin and Twitter and get a feel for their voice and how they connect with their community.
  • Based on your research, prepare a list of questions about anything that you may want further information about.
  • Prepare a brief introduction about yourself and your experience that you can share with the interviewer when they ask you to tell them a bit about yourself.

It’s always good to bring an extra copy of your resume to show you’re fully prepared, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive. There’s nothing worse than being late to a job interview!

During the Interview

Confidence is key during your interview. While arrogance can get you in trouble, it’s good to remember that you were most likely chosen from a large pool of candidates to come in and further impress the interviewer. So be proud of your accomplishments, maintain eye contact, and tout those skills!

Once prompted, dive into the brief pitch that you’ve prepared about yourself, and be ready to answer any questions they have about your resume and your past experience. If tough subjects come up, like weaknesses or reasons for leaving past jobs, be truthful, but remain positive. Show them you’re a team player, an active participant in furthering the advancement of the company, and are ready and willing to deliver results and get things done.

And don’t forget to ask the questions you’ve prepared. This will show them you’ve done your research and you’re invested in the company and the position.

After the Interview

Congrats – you survived! Shake off all of those interview jitters and pat yourself on the back. And then hop back on your computer, because the interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door.

Prepare a concise but detailed thank you email to each person you met with during your interview. This will act not only as a reminder of your conversation, but position you as a thoughtful candidate who is serious about landing the job.

If you’ve provided references, be sure to let them know that you’ve done so. This will act as a heads up and courtesy to your contacts, and help them prepare how best to discuss your past experience and skills.

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Are You Getting Paid What You’re Worth in the AV Industry?

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Do you work in AV and want to see how your salary measures up? We’ve got you covered.

Below, find the median annual salaries for professionals in the AV industry, along with the most popular skills for each position, via PayScale.com.

AV Equipment Technician

Median Annual Salaries: $40,772

Top Skills: Audiovisual Systems, Electronic Troubleshooting, Video Editing

AV Technician

Median Annual Salaries: $41,395

Top Skills: Audiovisual Systems, Systems Troubleshooting, Video Editing, Customer Service, Audiovisual Hardware

AV Supervisor

Median Annual Salaries: $50,869

Top Skills: Audiovisual Systems, Project Management, Video Editing

AV Specialist

Median Annual Salaries: $52,280

Top Skills: Audiovisual Systems, Audiovisual Hardware, Video Editing, Electronic Troubleshooting, Project Management

Operations Manager

Median Annual Salaries: $60,572

Top Skills: Operations Management, Leadership, People Management, Project Management, Customer Service

Sales Engineer

Median Annual Salaries: $70,961

Top Skills: Sales Engineering, Technical Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Project Management, Engineering Design

Technical Director

Median Annual Salaries: $102,043

Top Skills: Project Management, People Management, Operations Manager, Engineering Design, Microsoft Office

*Salary Data and Top Skills from PayScale.com.

Recruiter Feature: Chris Nakiso is Dedicated to Finding the Right Match

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Meet Chris Nakiso, Regional Recruiter at SS&C!

Nakiso, a CSUN grad and basketball player, thrives on competition on and off the court. Nakiso is highly driven and tenacious, and has been with SS&C for 3 years, with 7 years total experience in the recruiting industry.

Can you tell us about an awesome job match you’ve made lately?

Recently, I worked on a placement for the president of a company I have done a lot of work with. We have developed a good relationship, and he reached out to me to find him a New York sales executive. These roles can be challenging to find, but having a connection with a potential candidate gives you a lot of momentum.

The gal I ended up placing was someone I had to reach out to persistently in hopes of hiring. After a few phone calls, we kind of hit it off and as I started telling her more and more, she ended up becoming the perfect hire. The company couldn’t have gotten a better candidate: perfect culture fit, 20+ years of experience, and completely understood the product. A recruiter can really be an added value. I think the fact that she landed at a company that was growing and she was willing and understood how to help them build and grow – it all came full circle. And I know I made that match happen.

What one tip would you share with aspiring recruiters?

You gotta love what you do. If you’re just starting, you don’t have to have all the experience in the world initially. Like my mom always told me, “Nobody cares about how much you know until they know how much you care.”

What is your favorite part of being a recruiter?

The best part is that recruiting is like solving a puzzle, some jobs are more complex and some are more simple. It’s always great when you send a resume and a hire happens. But when you are able to pull something out of nothing and aid in making it happen – you take down what the client needs, what they’re looking for, and then vise versa by taking what candidates are looking for and want and merge them together – that’s what makes this job cool.

What makes working at SS&C unique?

A lot of companies work hard but don’t have fun doing it. At SS&C, everyone works extremely hard and everyone has a lot of fun doing it. That’s an environment for me. It can get stressful, but people want to be happy and comfortable at work, especially in those trying times, and thats what we have.