Post # 1
I got a phone call this morning to schedule an interview for a job this Friday! I am so excited! I haven’t interviewed in over three years though. Does anyone have interview advice for me? It’s with an entire search committee. Also, does anyone have good salary negotiation advice? I was a complete FAIL at this aspect when I took my current position.
Post # 3
Wear a suit! Think about what makes you a good employee–tangible and non tangible (ie I saved the company x money during X project….personal qualties–good boss, reliable employee, etc) and also look at your weak points. Sometimes they ask you where you think you could stand to improve. For me this is alwyas an easy question–my knowledge needs to be broaded. I dont’ have enough education under my belt (they like engineers with advanced degrees) but it could stump you easily too
As far as salary goes…it’s tough. In my industry, where I work, you don’t negotiate a salary. What you’re offered is a standad Level1 Engineer’s pay calculated based on your GPA and stuff like that.
Also in this economy…i’m leery asking for more money unless you know you’re a top notch competitor and have some good stuff under your belt career-wise.
Post # 4
Good luck! Usually you don’t have to do salary negotiations until you are offered the position. I would try and practice possible interview questions so you are prepared for them and try to pause before you answer a question instead of ummmming.
Post # 5
I would wear a suit definitely (if you have one). Research the company like crazy, and think of good questions. Highlight things you’re proud of, and show off results rather than general qualities. It’s great that you’re detailed-oriented, but HOW did that positively affect your last job and what results did you achieve because of it?
Usually salary negotiations come after an offer is made. If they do bring it up during the interview, though, keep it vague. Say something like, “It’s negotiable and I’m open to offers, but this is what I was makeing at my previous position.” I really hate the fact that salary isn’t supposed to be mentioned during the interview process because I’ve wasted so many interviews for jobs when the salary was WAY under what I could even accept, and it was a waste of my time (which I wouldn’t find out until later). But, I mentioned it once during an interview, and I didn’t get a call back, even though I was certain I nailed it, so I don’t mention it anymore 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice. Time to reflect on my current role I guess, which is good timing since I need to do my performance evaluation this week. I have a cute suit that I got from Ann Taylor last year and haven’t worn yet, but I need to pick up a shirt to go under it. I’m thinking a non button down shirt would look best under the jacket?
The job is with the same company that I already work for just in a different department. It’s 1 level up from my current role, so I’m hoping it will be a significant pay increase (otherwise it’s not worth taking it). When I interviewed for this job I was completely surprised and unprepared when in my second interview my (now) boss was like, “We can offer you $X. Can you live with that?” The number was considerably lower than I had been hoping for, but I was not prepared to haggle. I like this line “It’s negotiable and I’m open to offers,” but I’m curious if I should throw out a number that I’m hoping for if I’m asked for it? The salary range for the position is really broad so I don’t know what they’re thinking of offering for it.
Post # 7
by the way, ejs I would happily take a standard Level 1 Engineer’s pay 🙂
Post # 8
I would not say any number during the first interview for what you want to be paid. You could be completely pricing yourself out of the running or you could be underpricing. I would wait until they bring it up in a second interview or an offer and make them say a number first.