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What are the most important things to remember when interviewing?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – June, 2019

Columbus, OH June 01, 2019

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss interview tips.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Sampling of Positions Filled in the last 30 days
Ask the Recruiter “What are the most important things to remember when interviewing”


We appreciate your response to our survey last month about receiving a second email from ESS with just the positions listed.  Ninety-five percent of the respondents requested a second email mid-month highlighting our open positions, so we have officially started this new process.  Moving forward, you will receive two emails from us each month, listing our current open positions.

This job market is extremely hot.  We have more companies reaching out to us and retaining us for searches than we can remember.  There are many new and emerging companies reaching out to us for help. There has never been a better time to make a job change.  If you need help recruiting top talent or if you are personally considering making a change, give us a call today.

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Ask the Recruiter – “What are the most important things to remember when interviewing”

As recruiters, we believe the greatest value in the process comes from preparing people for interviews.  The best recruiting firms have so much information on the company, the hiring manager, the department and the role that working with a recruiter can provide a big advantage.  Our goal is to help people be as prepared as possible.  Ultimately, we do not want the first interview to feel like the first interview.  We want the first interview to feel like the second or third interview because you have so much background information.

The two biggest things we always stress are listening and asking questions:

1. Active listening is a great skill to use, especially during interviews.  Listening to the interviewer and truly digesting the information demonstrates a skill that can be challenging for many.  Listening to understand versus listening to talk is a skill that can set you apart.

2. Having questions prepared is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for success.  Having these questions written out in order of priority demonstrates you have done your homework and you want to understand more about the role, department or company.  Just winging questions or having no questions can send the wrong message to the employer.

Using these two tactics will set you apart.  Asking a powerful question and actively listening to the response will likely create another question.  Using these skills demonstrates you are listening while also thinking on your feet.  If you have no follow up question to an answer, simply go to the next question on your list.

If you would like more suggestions on active listening or suggested questions to ask, please reach out.