How to Land the Job in an Interview

Interviews 104: How to Land the Job in an Interview

JD Bensen

Senior Technical Recruiter

Terry O'Brien

Director of WA State Quality & Operations

Megan Phillips

Branch Manager

October 27, 2021

You’ve got the right interview answers down to a science. But it takes more than right answers to land the job. Our experts share their tips on behaviors that might cost you the job – or help you land it.

Q: What are some red flags to avoid in an interview?

Every interviewer has their own pet peeves, but there are some common red flags that could cost you the job. With this in mind, here are some of the most common behaviors we’ve seen that make us think twice before hiring a candidate.

JD Bensen is a Senior Technical Recruiter at All StarZ Technical

JD

I’ve seen it all. Definitely don’t bring food, drinks, sunglasses, animals, or family members to an interview. If someone is giving you a ride, have them wait in the car. And make sure you arrange a sitter for kids and pets well ahead of time.

And the most common one: don’t be late!

Don't be late to your interview
Above all, don't be late to your interview!
Terry O'Brien, WA State Quality & Operations Manager for All StarZ Staffing

Terry

These aren’t necessarily red flags, but here are some of my do’s and don’ts for your next interview:

Do:

  • Dress nice…overly nice.
  • Be playful with the conversation, be appropriate though
  • Make sure you have at least two questions for the end of the interview
  • Use the STAR method when answering questions.
      • S:  What was the SITUATION
      • T:  What was the TASK you needed to accomplish
      • A:  What ACTION did you do
      • R:  What was the RESULT

Don’t:

  • Answer a question with just a “yes” or “no”
  • Bring up salary or hourly wage first
  • Say anything that hints to the fact that you aren’t the perfect candidate. For example, don’t bring up that you can only work specific shifts, or that you do not have transportation.
Megan Phillips is a Branch Manager at All StarZ Staffing

Megan

The biggest red flags for me are one word answers, lack of eye contact, and seeming disinterested or dismissive. You’ve got to show interest in the job. After all, this is your opportunity to demonstrate the attitude you’ll bring to the job.

Q: I already accepted another job. Should I tell them?

So you’ve applied for multiple jobs, and even landed one; but then you got called in for an interview for a job you’re still really interested in. First of all, congratulations on being an excellent candidate! But how do you handle your upcoming interview? Should you tell them about the job you’ve already accepted?

Megan Phillips is a Branch Manager at All StarZ Staffing

Megan

Yes! If you have accepted a position and you’re still interviewing, it’s fair to assume you might be able to be swayed to a different role. And who knows, it could result in a better offer being made.

Terry O'Brien, WA State Quality & Operations Manager for All StarZ Staffing

Terry

Absolutely not. I would never suggest bringing up that you have accepted another job or that you are even interviewing for other positions. However, if they ask about it, it’s ok to say “yes,” but that would be the only question you should answer with just a one-word answer.

JD Bensen is a Senior Technical Recruiter at All StarZ Technical

JD

Trick Question. Depends on the situation.

Woman considering options to make a decision
Consider how the interview is going, your confidence level, and your personality before you decide to divulge other job offers.

Q: How do you get hired at an interview?

Obviously if you want to get hired you need to demonstrate you’re a good match for the job, But there are some behaviors great candidates demonstrate in interviews that can increase their chances of getting the job. Here are the ones that stand out to us:

JD Bensen is a Senior Technical Recruiter at All StarZ Technical

JD

Be early, but not too early. And be presentable (no pajamas or sweatpants). Also, maintain confidence, and be prepared to articulate your answers to the interview questions.

Megan Phillips is a Branch Manager at All StarZ Staffing

Megan

Be the best version of yourself, have questions, and be knowledgeable. If you can make a lasting impression (in a positive way) you are more than halfway there. I am a firm believer that a great culture fit outweighs skills.

"Interviewers have heard the same answers and been asked the same questions over and over. Be different!"
Terry O'Brien, WA State Quality & Operations Manager for All StarZ Staffing

Terry

It’s not about amazing answers. In reality, it’s about connecting with your interviewers and creating a lasting impression. Interviewers have heard the same answers and been asked the same questions over and over. Be different!  With this in mind when I go into an interview, I have a mental list of the topics I want to talk about and I guide the conversation in that direction. For example, I try to ask them questions they probably have not been asked before. Obviously, your answers need to be sufficient enough to cover their questions, but don’t be afraid to speak honestly about the things you need to improve upon. But also be able to point out your accomplishments! 

We’ll be back soon with tips success during your first days at a new job! We’re always happy to answer questions from our readers, so send in your best questions!

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