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Let’s set the scene. You’re sitting down for an interview. The recruiter arrives and it’s time to start chatting. You may know some best practices of what to do (like actively listen, be prepared, and ask questions), but what shouldn’t you do during an interview?
To find the answer to this, we reached out to three recruiters at Motus: Megan Cashion, Christy Simpson, and Alyssa Thompson.
One thing to avoid is giving, “generic responses to application questions,” says Simpson. Instead, “show you are interested in this position.” And, when talking with a recruiter or hiring manager, Thompson advises not being “overly aggressive or too honest because it comes off unprofessional.”
What about the application itself? Cashion advises you shouldn’t forget to “check your resume and cover letter grammar errors.” Remember to put your best foot forward!
For more top advice, read on…
Cashion: As a Recruiter, I review every application that comes in through our ATS. I have had candidates reach out to me via LinkedIn to let me know that they applied and are interested in the position, which I don’t mind but it is not necessary.
Simpson: Add in a sentence or two about WHY you are interested in the role, and reach out to a recruiter and/or someone in the role currently.
Thompson: Yes, if anything it can't hurt! Also keep your eye on the company, and don't be afraid to submit more than one application to different positions. Be quick to submit an application for the position(s) you’re interested in.
Cashion: Do some research. Look at our website and get a high-level understanding about our history and our product offering.
Simpson: Know the Motus pillars, show that you understand the role, and come with fun/engaging questions.
Thompson: Understand what we do, our different product lines, and how our company is growing. Also, know the baseline information about the position and what the long-term career growth could look like.
Cashion: I always ask a candidate what about Motus and this role piqued your interest to apply. A good candidate has done some research on our company and is genuinely interested in the role.
Simpson: What are you looking for in your next role?
What are your long-term career goals?
What is most important for you in your next position/company?
Tell me about your background.
What is causing you to look around?
Cashion: Someone who is brave, curious, and exceptional.
Simpson: Professionalism, communication, and self-motivation.
Thompson: Their skills, career and goal motivation, and communication skills.
Cashion: Motus is employee-centric, we offer a growth path for all of our roles, and we still have the heart and soul of a startup.
Simpson: Unlimited PTO, L&D Opportunities, and remote work reimbursements.
Thompson: Remote work, an opportunity for growth, and a people-first company
Cashion: Look for a company that will support your career goals and help you achieve them.
Simpson: Be hungry, keep growing, and advocate for yourself.
Thompson: Take a chance and be confident in your abilities. Understand what sets you apart and emphasize those skills.
Cashion: Breaking into tech is hard to do from the outside. I would advise anyone wanting to make the career change to express your willingness to come in at a lower role so that you can learn the business and then quickly advance. Utilize a cover letter to make a recruiter stop and think how your past experience and your drive could be beneficial in a new role or industry.
Simpson: Communicate why you want to make the switch and how your skills translate.
Thompson: Take initiative to take courses and showcase your opportunity to want to learn and be proactive. Highlight why you want to change career paths and what you can offer.
Cashion: If you have a problem with something or someone, be direct and talk with your manager.
Simpson: Be your own best advocate.
Thompson: Be confident; you're a natural leader.
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