Acing Your Interview – 3 Mar 2016 [Meeting]

So many jobs hinge on the interview. Learn what to do, and what not to do, in both phone and in-person interviews for technical communications jobs. From seemingly innocuous questions, to group interviews, to memorable ways to impress and guaranteed ways to bomb,

Andrew will share the insights you need to dispel the butterflies and start bidding wars. If time permits and there’s a willing volunteer, we’ll do a short mock interview and (constructive) post-mortem.

About Our Speaker

Picture of Andrew DavisAndrew Davis has recruited technical content developers in the SF Bay Area since 1995. He is a former software industry Technical Writer and has a reputation for both understanding and championing the role of content development.

Andrew enjoys helping those who communicate complex information get ahead by recognizing and refining their value to technology companies. He’s candid and connected and, just as importantly, he likes to help tech industry workers achieve independence from intermediaries.

Andrew ran Synergistech Communications during the Internet Gold Rush years and has recently returned to solo recruiting mode under the aegis of Tech Comm Talent, Inc. He remains focused on recruiting great technical content development talent for discerning local technology companies. Learn more about Andrew at www.linkedin.com/in/synergistech and www.synergistech.com.

Meeting Logistics

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Meeting Recap

by Liz Miller

In our March program, attendees gained expert interview tips from Andrew Davis, a well-favored recruiter of technical content developers.

Here are some tips we found especially helpful:

  • Videotape a mock interview. Use the video to see if you are making good eye contact and are leaning forward. Don’t fold your arms, sit back, or slouch. When interviewers ask you to tell them about yourself, they are really asking you to tell them what you can do for them.
  • Ask questions during an interview. Andrew gave a list of questions to ask interviewers. His top question is, “What is your leadership style?” Other good questions to ask are: What types of people are successful here? What types are not successful? How would you describe your culture? What is the rhythm to the work? The last question he suggests asking is, “What would stop you from hiring me for this position?”
  • Send thank you notes. Andrew suggests sending thank you notes to each interviewer individually (if possible), and to the internal recruiter.

Andrew also noted that compensation includes opportunities and circumstances in addition to a salary. We are sharing Andrew’s presentation especially for our DMV readers. Don’t miss his tips on building an interpersonal connection with your interviewers (such as opening your palm while speaking) as well as some definite taboos (such as leaning backwards).

Additionally, Andrew also gave us a link to his Jobs to Explore list of direct (non-agency) content-related job and contract opportunities. This frequently updated resource is a prize for job seekers.

Speaker Notes

Andrew shared his notes.