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Tips for taking an In Person Interview with AXIS SERVICES’s Client :

Congratulations you have been chosen for an in person interview with one of AXIS SERVICES’s clients, you have accomplished a lot! This interview maybe your first interview with the client or it may have been scheduled after a successful phone interview. AXIS SERVICES’s clients are some of the top Fortune 500 firms. By making it through our prescreening processes as well as our client’s it says a lot about your ability and experience. We both like your story. Now you need to make your story come alive and convince the client that it was not fiction, but your real live story. Remember for this moment you are a sales person selling the best product - You!

At this point you are going for an in person interview with a client who could make you an offer after the interview or may ask you to return for additional rounds of interviews. Either way your resume or phone interview story must now come to life. The story they have read on your resume now must be substantiated and it must accurately reflect you and your experience so they are confident that you are the type of person that they want to have working with them. This is your last opportunity to make a first in person impression with this client! Make the most of it!

Anticipating and attending an interview can be very stressful; after all it is an event that can have a huge impact on your life. Changing jobs ranks high on the stress meter. By being prepared you can minimize the stress and control the situation. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the in person interview and manage the stress that may arise during the actual meeting. Many of these points are practical or common sense, others may not be as obviously apparent.

Before the Interview

• Plan out your attire a few days before, making sure that your favorite suit is not sitting at the dry cleaner or worse, in your hamper!
• Formal Business Attire is always best for an interview! Making a professional impression can never be wrong!
• Wear your best suit! If you think it looks the best, it probably does! When you feel confident in your look, you will demonstrate confidence to the interviewer.
• Plan adequate time to get ready for the interview to ensure that you don’t feel rushed and neglect your personal hygiene and attire.
• Plan to arrive at the interview 15-30 minutes early to have a chance to collect your thoughts.
• If you will be leaving your current job and going straight to the interview, make sure you have carefully planned out where you will change your clothes, wash-up, brush your teeth and make sure that you have factored in enough time to refresh yourself
• Eat right the day before and the day of your interview - nervousness can affect your appetite, but it is important to eat healthy and have some energy on the day of the interview - neglecting to eat or eating the wrong things, can make you lethargic and cause you to be uncomfortable during the appointment
• Ask your AXIS SERVICES contact if there is anything “special” you should bring with you or prepare for, this will help to prevent you from being caught without something you could have easily prepared.
• Organize what you are taking with you the day before and put the items together in your brief case!
• Make sure to have the job description, a list of any questions you have and the directions to the interview location, accompanied with contact information in case you have any last minute trouble with directions or are running late.
• Your AXIS SERVICES contact (we try to meet everyone; if we are not going to be meeting you for any reason we will let you know in advance) will provide you with copies of your resume, as well as copy of the requirement to take into the appointment so you have a resume to present and refer to during the appointment.
• Make sure you are clear on your travel directions and stick to the route that you know or have been instructed to take. If you have any questions on the route, public transportation, parking, etc., make sure to get the answers before you begin your journey! Even after careful planning and asking questions, if you still feel uneasy, make a trial trip to the site in advance.
• Allow plenty of extra time to get to the interview! If it is a trip that takes 1 hour, leave yourself 2 hours or close to double the travel time. There is nothing more stressful then encountering road construction, a detour, a traffic accident etc., when you are traveling in unknown territory and are concerned about time! Remember, if you are early, you can take time to review your information or read the newspaper to kill time!
• Bring a Photo-ID with you! Most companies have stringent security measures in place and many will require ID to sign into the building as a Guest for an interview.
• Make sure you have cash with you! Whether it’s needed for a last minute bottle of water, an unexpected toll or parking fee, it is always a good idea to have cash with you for any surprises along the way!
• Once you arrive, remember your interview begins the minute you arrive at the location – you never know who you may be speaking with! Represent yourself with professionalism to every person you speak with and encounter!
• Once you arrive at the location and meet the AXIS SERVICES representative (once again, we try to meet everyone, if we are not going to be meeting you for any reason we will let you know in advance) turn off your cell phone!
• Take a deep breath and try to relax! You want to go into the interview calm and confident – taking a minute to calm your nerves and refreshing in the restroom can be a great way to feel confident and ready to begin. If you have had any trouble getting to the interview, be sure to take a few minutes to calm yourself before entering, you don’t want to arrive frazzled or talking about the terrible trip you have had!
• It is very important to meet with your AXIS SERVICES contact prior to checking in for the interview, as there are routinely last minute changes regarding the interview process and we will also be able to provide details on the client, the hiring managers, and the project

The time of the Interview has arrived. Remember this is your last time to make a first impression !

• Once you are with the Manager, remember to smile and be upbeat! Smiling is contagious!
• Try to establish a common interest with the Manager, if you see a picture in his office of a sports team or recreational activity, make a comment. Establishing a common interest will help to generate conversation which can be a great relaxation technique. Often if a common interest is established it can change the entire mood of the appointment! Plus the Manager will get a sense that you are interested in him and then ultimately interested in joining his team!
• Politely verify with the Manager the description of the position you are interviewing for, making sure that he will be talking to you about what you are prepared for. There is nothing more stressful than to be into the interview and find out that it is not the position you thought, this will cause you to stumble and possibly fail the interview.
• During the question and answer session, visualize yourself doing well! Feeling confident in your responses will show to the Manager.
• Answer questions completely! Avoid Yes / No answers and support all of your answers with details of past experience, knowledge, education etc. By expanding on the interviewers question with a detailed answer, you will help control the direction the interview goes. If you answer with one word, you force the manager to keep questioning, whereas, if you offer explanation and details, the Manager may direct his questioning to the information you have offered. If you are talking about the details you are offering, you will be more comfortable and more successful.
• Posture is very important, sit up straight and keep your hands and legs relaxed to avoid nervous activity! Breathe slowly and deeply throughout the interview.
• Speak slowly and clearly when answering the questions and pause continuously so you don’t become “choked up” on your words.
• Don’t hesitate to refer to your resume for dates and details of your position. Often a statement on your resume will help you to organize your response to a question and help you to present your experience in an orderly and coherent fashion instead of rambling, “Oh, and I did this, and then I did that, oh and once I worked on that.”
• If you lose your thought, pause and re-group your thoughts and then continue with your answer. It is better to take a moment to pause then to continue rambling on without a solid direction.
• If a question is difficult, pause to think through an organized response. If you don’t know the answer, indicate that to the Manager but offer any relevant information along with your response. Don’t make up any information or “fib” about any experience you don’t have. Remember, this may not be the last question on this subject matter and if you exaggerate your experience or knowledge it may cause the questioning to continue and it become evident that you have no idea what you are talking about.
• Don’t panic over questions you are unable to answer, rather focus on the questions you are answering well and keep your confidence level high!
• Being honest in your interview will keep it stress-free! If you wander off from the truth you will feel uncomfortable and overwhelmed and this will be obvious to the Manager!
• Keep yourself focused during the interview, listen carefully, ask for clarification if you don’t understand and keep your thoughts organized at all times.
• Feel free to ask questions, in fact, the most successful interviews are those that are actively contributed to from both sides. Asking questions will establish conversation and help you to relax and give you the opportunity to fully understand the position.
• Don’t hesitate to take the 10 second pause at anytime! A 10 second pause will not be noticed by the interviewer and can help you to “catch your breath” and think through your next response.

Interviewing is a Unique Experience

Unlike how most of us choose to live our lives, during an interview we cannot let our accomplishments speak for us. You need tell people during an interview what you have accomplished and what you will accomplish for them!

• Brag about your achievements, your challenges and goals, now is not the time to be modest – take credit for what you have done on past projects and show the interviewer what you are capable of
• Be able to explain not only how, but why you used that technology; for example- On my most recent assignment we choose to use Java because runs on all platforms as opposed to …
• Review skills, especially if it is one you have not used in your current project and be able to cite technology and reference example of where, how, and why you used it
• Remember you get only one chance to make the impression; do not guess about the skills, stay focused on the things you know best
• Remember that communication is bi-directional, not only should you provide information but they can also provide information to you
• Do not hesitate to ask the interviewer to repeat a question; as opposed to guessing at what he or she said
• Be prepared to talk about your recent projects, complete with examples of what you did, how you did it and why, and likewise be prepared for follow up questions probing those technologies and your depth of knowledge
• When the question is about what you did in a particular project, you need to provide not only how you did it but why you did it; for example: I was working for company XYZ on was working in their system group supporting a Derivative system, the client needed to add functionality to the system because of recent governmental regulation changes, the system was written in java I was responsible for make changes to ……, and that technology was used because of ……
• When an interviewer asks you why they should hire you, you must speak confidently and honestly about your abilities, which is achieved by knowing your goals, your skills and your achievements. It is important to acknowledge your abilities and accomplishments such as having a very strong work ethic, integrity, excellent industry experience, and that you can aggressively pursue your goals
• Highlight and elaborate on your strongest skills, both technical and personal, especially the ones required by this project
• If you have not worked with a specific technology or business area, keep your answers short and concise and try talking about the skills that you are more confident about Remember that most interviewers will tend to ask follow up questions on what you are talking about. Remember to try to get the conversation back to your strengths. Avoid lengthy discussion on things you are not comfortable.

As the Interview Ends

Be sure to ask the interviewer when they anticipate making a decision. Reiterate your interest in the position and your enthusiasm for the company. Thank the interviewer graciously for his time. Ask them what the next step or steps will be.

After the interview please contact your AXIS SERVICES recruiter ASAP with your thoughts and feedback on the interview. It is best if we hear from you before we hear from the client.

Good luck, remember to follow these tips. Remember that the client is just as hopeful as you are that the interview works out favorable. Be confident! Remember for this moment you are a sales person selling the best product - You!