You've been contacted by one of our team members and they want to interview you. Here are a few things to remember.
What to wear
Clothes should be a part of who you are and should not necessarily speak louder than you do. You should be professional, but let your skills and knowledge make the impression.
Watch Your Body Language
Offer firm, dry handshakes, stand and sit erect, make eye contact, use hand gestures in moderation and refrain from fidgeting.
Focus on Your Past Behavior
We are interested in what you have done in previous jobs or in school. We want to hear about specific situations, including how you handled them and what results you achieved.
Describing Your Qualifications
What makes you unique? Are you the type of person who enjoys working in a certain type of environment? Your job is to convince your interviewer that you have the right attitude, experience and qualifications for the position.
"Why Should We Hire You?"
This question is purely about selling yourself. Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy? Let the Hiring Manager know that you have been listening to the challenge and have what it takes to do the job - that you are the solution to the challenge.
Our interview focus will be on what you have done in previous jobs. You can prepare for the interview by thinking of and perhaps jotting down a list of past accomplishments. Also, think of tough situations you have handled well, and maybe some you did not handle as well as you could have.
Surprisingly, most people do not take advantage of the chance to ask questions of their interviewer. This is a missed opportunity to find out information about the position. It is important for you to ask questions -- not just any questions, but those relating to the job, the company and the industry.
In most cases, you will complete an employment application when you come in for the interview. Be sure to bring with you the names, addresses and dates for where you went to school, where you have worked for the past five years, and where you have lived for the past seven years.
- Leave your interviewer with the right picture of you. Think of at least five skills or traits you want remembered after the interview.
- Ask if there is anything else you can provide, such as references, background information or work samples.
- State your interest in the position. Do not be overly anxious, but act interested. Remember to mention the added value you can bring to the job.
- Ask about the next step in the process. It's important for you to know the next step so you can follow up. Ask for the decision date.
- Find out how to contact us. If you do not hear back, you will need to know who to contact and whether they will accept calls to check your hiring status.
Finding the career that fits you might take some time, but it's worth the wait. Take a look at our hiring process below to find out just what you can expect once you apply with us.
Review Applications and Prescreen Candidates
As a large company, we receive a high volume of good candidates for our vacant positions. For some of those positions, we have prescreening steps in place that may include a phone interview or an assessment. Otherwise, the first step is for our team members to review the qualified applications we have received. At this point, we're searching for the ideal combination of experience and education applicable to the position.
After choosing the most qualified candidates, it is time to set up interviews. During this stage, we're looking at how well you fit SMART’s culture and business goals.
Make an Offer
If after your interview, our team member wants to extend an offer, he/she will discuss a starting salary with the recruiter, obtain all necessary approvals for your hire, and then send you a job offer package.
In addition, SMART will conduct an extensive background investigation, which includes a criminal background