Interviews are a big deal. They not only show a potential employer the skills and experience you can bring to the organization, but they’re also a great opportunity for you to assess if your career ambitions align with the role and company.
Here’s some advice from AvePoint’s global recruitment team on how to set yourself apart from the competition and slam dunk your next interview!
Outside of professional experience, what sets a resume apart?
Formatting and proper grammar are key. Ensure your resume is clean and free of spelling errors. Depending on your level of experience, your resume should be a reasonable length. Remember, your CV is just a preview of your experience – you’ll have plenty of time to show off your soft skills and additional details during your interviews! If you also have a LinkedIn profile, ensure dates and descriptions there align with your resume.
What makes a candidate stand out?
Preparation for each interview, including the first call with our recruiting team, is a great way to stand out. Be prepared to pitch why you’re interested in working at AvePoint and provide specific examples and scenarios relevant to the role you’re interviewing for.
Also, show your passion and let your personality shine! We love hiring candidates who are passionate about their area(s) of focus and have a strong desire to learn. We’d rather have conversational, candid discussions instead of rehearsed responses any day!
How should I prepare for an interview at AvePoint?
Prior to your interview, consider the following questions:
- Why are you qualified for this role?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work for AvePoint?
Also, come prepared with your own tailored questions for each interviewer. View interviewers’ LinkedIn profiles prior to your meetings to familiarize yourself with their backgrounds.
It’d also be wise to visit our career site and blog to understand what we do and value. And hey—while you’re there, take a peek at some of your potential future teammates featured on our site!
Lastly, remember to bring extra copies of your resume when you come in for an on-site interview. And if you’re going to prepare a cover letter, ensure it’s personalized (we love reading a good story!).
What’s the most common interview mistake?
The most common mistake we see is when a candidate says what he/she thinks we want to hear. If you’re unsure how to answer an interview question or aren’t familiar with a subject, it’s okay! We want to get a good understanding of your experience and don’t expect you to know everything. If you lack experience in one area, perhaps your skills can still be useful in a different way.
On the flip side, try asking the interviewer, “I lack experience with XYZ, but how could I get exposure in that area at AvePoint?” It’s a great alternative approach that shows your desire to learn and grow.
What are good questions to ask the interviewer?
Ask questions that you genuinely want to know the answer to. Here are a few suggestions from our recruitment team to get you started:
- What are successful traits or skills on my potential team that stand out to you?
- How is this role perceived by others at AvePoint?
- How will this role evolve in the next year?
- Which teams will I get to work with most frequently?
- What makes AvePoint a great place to work? What are people most excited about?
- As my potential manager, how will you help me succeed? What’s your greatest strength as a leader?
Is it worth negotiating compensation?
Yes! We also suggest regularly checking in with our recruiting team on compensation (especially if anything changes throughout your interviewing process). There are plenty of resources online that can help with determining a fair and competitive range, so you can go into salary negotiations with confidence. Be sure to have a candid discussion with your recruiter and also ask about our full benefits package and offerings.
We hope these tips have been helpful in preparation for your interview at AvePoint. Good luck!