Traci McCarty & Associates - ON-SITE INTERVIEW OBJECTIVE
An interview has four objectives:
- To decide if you have the skills, experience and qualifications needed.
- Are you a good fit for the Team and the Culture of the organization?
- Do they want to hire you?
- Do you want the position, if offered?
While the interviewer will examine your work history and educational background, your strengths and accomplishments will also be an important criterion. He or she is also interested in evaluating your level of motivation, values, ethics, communication style, attitude and personality. In other words, the interviewer will need to find out if you're the right person for the job, what your potential is for longevity, and whether or not you will fit into the company environment.
YOU want to understand the company, the culture, and the position objectives to make a decision if this is the right career move for you at this time. Although compensation is important, you may want to set that aside for now.
PREPARATION1. Know Yourself
- Can you honestly visualize resigning from your current position? Click here for more information on "Counter Offers"
- What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
- What are your short and long-term goals?
- Evaluate yourself in terms of the position you seek.
- Formulate responses by asking the question: "Why should they hire me?"
- Remember that you're there to sell yourself and secure a job offer.
2. Research the Company
- Utilize the internet to review the property/business, annual reports, trade magazines and newspaper articles. The Internet offers a wealth of company information and industry statistics.
- Know the company's products and services. Casually speak with customers and vendors, provided this will not jeopardize your current position or the company's confidentiality.
- Research competition either by visiting them, seeking out electronic resources or networking with other companies and vendors.
- Be prepared to tell the interviewer why their company is attractive to you.
3. Research the Tribal Nation
- Understand their history and the culture.
- What are their short-term and long-term plans?
- How does the entity that you are interviewing with fit within those plans?
4. Research the local and regional area
- Research the competition
- Understand the demographics of the area
- Learn the cost of living, as well as local and state economies
- Research regulatory requirements, if any.
- If time permits, visit the competition prior to your interview.
ITEMS TO BRING TO AN INTERVIEW - Traci McCarty & Associates provides an Interview Package to our Clients prior to the interview which includes resume, references and biography.
1. Resume - (Traci McCarty & Assocaites supplies our Client with an interview package that includes your resume, however, you should bring a copy as well.)
2. References - (Traci McCarty & Associates supplies our Client with your references that are completed prior to an on-site interview.)
- Review your resume thoroughly and be prepared to discuss all points.
- Always bring a resume copy identical to the one supplied to the interviewer.
- Bring along samples of your work, if possible. Never discuss or show prior employer's proprietary information.
- Use a former supervisor, co-worker and a subordinate who are familiar with your work.
- Include their name and company as well as home and work phone numbers and email.
- Always consult with references for their approval first.
3. Other Items
- Bring a folder and pen to the interview to jot down the names of the people you meet and their titles, as well as notes from the interview however, do not be preoccupied with making notes. Stay focused.
- Prepare and review your questions, as well as specific responses.
- Bring directions to the interview location, as well as the interviewer's phone number in case you're running late.
- Bring along your recruiter's phone number to give immediate feedback after the interview.
ARRIVAL AT THE INTERVIEW
- Arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes before the interview (but no later than five minutes prior to the interview).
- Allow adequate time for traffic, parking lot and a last minute appearance check. If possible, scout out the location the day before the interview to avoid last minute problems.
- Review your notes, and go in with confidence.
- If asked, complete an application. Complete the application in full. and leave no blanks. Do not write "see resume" as a response to any application question. Respond to "expected salary" questions as "open" and "current salary" questions truthfully. List references, if requested. Your recruiter's name should be your response to any "referred by" questions.
- A sport coat and slacks are good for most situations. In some instances, a suit may be appropriate. Be sure they are cleaned and pressed.
- Shirts should be freshly laundered and well pressed.
- A quiet tie with a subtle design and a hint of red is suitable for a first interview. You may want to avoid loud colors and busy designs, depending on the position.
- Jewelry should be kept minimal.
- MINIMIZE colognes or fragrances.
- Shoes that are black and freshly polished are a safe choice for an interview. Socks should be black or blue and worn over the calf.
- Be well manicured.
- Maintain good eye contact.
- Turn off cell phones while in an interview.
- A suit or tailored dress in basic colors may be a good choice for most interviews. Blouses should also be tailored and color coordinated. It is not recommend you wear large bows or similar items as you may only be remembered for that item.
- Avoid exotic hairstyles and excessive makeup. Hair should be neat, clean and brushed with your jacket off. Makeup should be natural looking.
- Minimize colognes or fragrances.
- Jewelry should be subtle.
- A closed toe pump that is color coordinated with your outfit is appropriate for an interview. You may want to avoid open-toed shoes or sling-backs.
- Hands should be manicured. You may want to choose subtle low-key colors over bright fashion colors for nail polishes.
- When seated, for good posture and a professional image, you may want to cross legs at the ankles.
- Maintain good eye contact.
- Turn off cell phones while in an interview.
A typical sequence of events may be:
TESTING AND LICENSING
- Meet with Human Resources (general questions, review of the company and their benefits).
- Interview with the immediate supervisor and peers.
- Interview with the hiring authority, if different from immediate supervisors.
- Remember to:
- Be polite and courteous to everyone you meet.
- Shake hands firmly, and maintain eye contact with the interviewers.
- Maintain a high energy level. Sit up with back straight.
- It is to your advantage if a subject of mutual interest arises, but do not fake knowledge.
- Poise, confidence, and respect are of great importance.
The gaming industry is a highly regulated industry.
- You may be asked to complete the company Employment Application. Read it carefully and be accurate with your answers.
- You may be requested to do testing (physical drug test, written test, and proof of employment eligibility).
- You may be asked to complete a Gaming or other type of license. This is usually something you can NOT do on the spot and need to take with you to complete. Accuracy and complete disclosure is a REQUIREMENT. You may be denied a license, in most jurisdictions, if you do not offer complete and accurate disclosure.
- The Human Resources department will usually provide company information and available benefits. Thorough review and questions concerning benefits should be addressed after the interview. Remember, the interviewers are trying to see how you can contribute to the company.
- Conduct yourself with confidence and determination to get the job. You may have other options, and your interviewer knows this, but the interviewer needs to know that you WANT their job with this company.
- This is your first meeting; and the position, as well as future promotions, may depend on your presentation. Are you going to sell them on the idea of hiring you, or will they sell you on the idea that this job is not for you? You must present a positive attitude to the prospective employer. You must NOT seem disinterested or appear to be job shopping.
- The interview should be a two-way conversation. Ask questions of the interviewers. This shows your interest in the company and the position, and enables you to gather the right information to make an intelligent decision afterwards. Questions you have prepared can be asked of different people you meet.
- The objective of the interview is to obtain an offer. During the interview, you must gather enough information concerning the position to make a decision.
Send a thank you note to the person/people conducting the interview and to the hiring authority.
If you are introduced to this position through TMA, please send the note to your recruiter for forwarding to our client. We may have some suggestions to add to your note.
Before you leave the interview, ask for the correct spelling and titles of the people conducting the interview.
Make the note short and to the point.
Express gratitude for time spent, briefly clarify your qualifications, let them know you are sincerely interested in being offered the position, and re-state a possible start date.
Make sure your name and phone number are correct and clearly stated on the letter.