An interview has a minimum of 4 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.
1. Know Yourself
- Can you honestly visualize resigning from your current position?
- 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.
- Be honest with your answers and be honest with yourself.
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.
- Go on property, prior to your interview, to casually speak with employees and customers to get good information about their operations.
- 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 nation's 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 -
1. Resume - (We supply our Clients with an interview package that includes your resume, however, you should bring a copy as well.)
2. References - (We supply our Clients with your references that are completed prior to an on-site interview.)
- Always bring a resume copy.
- Bring along samples of your work, if possible.
- Never discuss or show current or prior employer's proprietary information.
- Be honest about your accomplishments and your responsibilities.
- 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 early for the interview, 15 - 30 minutes would be good.
- 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 their job 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. If a recruiter is working with you on a position, your recruiter's name should be your response to any "referred by" questions.
A typical sequence of events may be:
- 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.
TESTING AND LICENSING
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 or backgrounding. 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 Thank You 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.