Interviews can be nerve-wracking. For both the interviewee and interviewer, the experience can cause jitters and uneasiness. And now that many companies are returning to office or adopting hybrid schedules, your upcoming interview might just be in-person again. To help you ace it, we’ve got some interview tips and etiquette to follow. 

Pre-interview preparation 

Prior to your interview, it’s important to prepare as much as possible. Researching the company will help you better understand their mission and goals. It will also help you confidently answer the question “Why do you want to work for us?” By studying the company website and familiarizing yourself with recent news or deals they have participated in, you will establish your knowledge of the company and provide an easier dialogue with the interviewer. 

Green Key recruiters advise to arrive prepared for your interview.  Plan to arrive early, bring copies of your resume and references, if necessary, wear appropriate attire and make sure to offer a firm handshake. 

What to remember in the interview 

While you’re in there, it’s easy to get anxious. Avoid excessive hand movements by keeping your hands clasped or on your lap. Be yourself, show enthusiasm and express your personality; employers are just as interested in who you are personally as your professional experience and skill set. 

However, to sell your skills, make sure they are aligned with the needs of the company and the role you are interviewing for. Reiterate the accomplishments that will enhance the role and guarantee responsibilities will be met. One thing to avoid is overtalking or going off on a tangent. Dara Webman, Executive Director in Legal Support at Green Key, says, “Listen carefully, only answer the questions you’re asked and maintain clear, honest communication throughout. It is important to be truthful and present both strengths and weaknesses.  It is not necessary to embellish your skills. Clients are attracted to candidates who present capabilities or expertise as well as areas for growth.” 

Don’t be afraid to ask your own questions. This is important to encourage additional conversation and find out answers to questions that will help the decision-making process.  Green Key suggests asking some of the questions below: 

  • Can you tell me more about the specific skills and responsibilities that are keys to success in this role? 
  • How did this role become available? 
  • How would you describe a typical day for this role? 
  • How would you describe your ideal candidate? 
  • Can you tell me more about your background and other members of the group? 
  • Which groups will this role be interfacing with and have exposure to on a regular basis? 

While these questions are appropriate and spark further conversation, never ask about salary, benefits, or PTO in your interview. Keep the focus on the role and the opportunities that surround it. 

Post-interview etiquette 

There are a few actions to take after leaving your interview. Firstly, touch base with your recruiter after completing the interview.  A thorough debrief after the interview is important to gauge interest and evaluate pros and cons. It is standard protocol to send a thank you note. 

Webman says, “Recruiters encourage candidates to share the prepared thank you note with them before sending to the client.  It is helpful to have another set of eyes review and proofread this document before it is sent to the client.  A proper thank you note should be short and show your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration.”

Lastly, if you’re not hearing back, you can always send a follow-up email to your recruiter. Remember to be polite and respectful in your inquiry. Job searching can be exhausting and time consuming, recruiters will do their very best to support you thru that process.  

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For a smooth experience and expert guidance, contact a Green Key recruiter to begin your interview process today. 

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Green Key Unlocked: Why Green Key?

“We are always inviting new, innovative ideas,” says Brooke Stemen, Director of Talent Acquisition at Green Key. As the person responsible for interviewing and onboarding new recruiters at the agency, Brooke has several reasons why someone should want to work and grow here. If you are looking for a different recruiting experience, or simply trying to switch career paths entirely, Brooke has provided a handful of motivating reasons to consider Green Key Resources. 

1. Commission structure 

The industry standard for commission structures is 5%, but at Green Key, *it typically starts* 12%. As this is more than double, the earning potential is unmatched. We also have zero threshold to earning commission, meaning you will make commission on your very first placement. You will never have to hit a spread quota or achieve a number of placements before unlocking strong earning potential. In addition to a competitive commission structure, Green Key also promotes from within. “We push our management teams to develop their internal teams,” says Brooke. “We are very growth-focused and invested in the success of our recruiters.” With a tech-focused mission and access to industry leading sourcing techniques, employees at Green Key have unlimited opportunities to succeed

2. Flexibility 

Green Key was founded on empathetic leadership, where you are treated like an adult and granted full autonomy to build your own day and optimize your time. Brooke reiterates, “We are not driven by arbitrary numbers, like how many calls you make. We’re a results driven firm and focused on net and production, which is a system that cultivates efficiency.” Green Key is also a give and take environment. Remote and hybrid schedules allow for a trusting relationship and higher productivity. We are always centered on quality of work over quantity. 

3. Mentorship 

Because Green Key promotes from within, managers across the organization are more motivated to mentor their recruiters and facilitate growth. Hierarchies tend to break down in these relationships and promote open communication. Mentorship within various teams is a unique aspect that makes Green Key successful. The opportunity to trust and learn from seasoned recruiters leads to goals being met and a healthy work environment.  

4. Diversity & inclusion 

“Prior to Green Key, I didn’t really see myself represented in leadership,” Brooke mentions. “As a woman who wants children one day, I was thrilled to see so many mothers holding leadership positions here.” Brooke emphasizes that Green Key is a place where you can make a substantial life for yourself, both professionally and personally. If you have to attend to personal matters outside of work, that will never hinder your success or growth here. “All we ask is that when you’re here, be present and try your hardest. At the end of the day, Green Key is an agency made by recruiters for recruiters.” 

Contact us 

If you’re considering a career change, do not hesitate to connect with Brooke on LinkedIn or visit our Join the Green Key Team page. With so many opportunities for growth and advancement, this just might be the perfect place for you! 

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