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Interview Tips From Paycom Leadership – Part 1

Ashley Jezek | February 22, 2021

You’ve submitted your application and finally got the call you’ve been waiting for! Your interview is scheduled, so now it’s time to get prepared to show them why you’re the right person to join their team.

At Paycom, we believe in striving to find every improvement when it comes to human capital management. For many of us, the first step in that journey is the job interview, so we asked a few members of Paycom leadership to share their top tips for a successful interview.

Holly Faurot, Vice President of Client Relations

I have had the honor over the years to interview so many amazing, successful and talented professionals. I am always taken aback when candidates speak from their heart. When a candidate shares a story about their why or having intense grit (being able to fight through something hard when they could have easily gone to plan B), I always appreciate seeing that side of them. I also love when candidates approach a question with the company or team in mind. If they can relate it back to how they are going to help the company’s mission and have taken the time and energy to research and truly think about it, it makes all the difference.

Jennifer Mathew, Technical Recruiting Manager

  • You should know your resume like the back of your hand. Be ready to speak to any and every part of it if called upon.
  • Have specifics ready, whether it’s data, timelines, proof of success, etc.
  • It is important to be honest about what you have experience in versus what you would like to experience; that way there are no surprises when handed specific projects that may require a certain level of understanding or need additional support that your leader is unaware of.
  • Be ready to communicate what you have specifically contributed to a project rather than just what your team or organization was able to accomplish as a whole. It’s important to identify your individual capability for the job, not just for the employer but for you as a future employee.
  • Bring your “A game.” Be professional, be on time, be prepared!
  • Quiet confidence is always welcome.

Chris Nusbaum, Software Development Manager

I know this might sound weird, but the best interview advice I can give is to be honest with your interviewer. We are trained to ask for more details and ask clarifying questions. Your best policy is to tell the truth.

Also, be specific about your answers. The more vague you are about your answers, the less the interviewer will believe you know about it. Talk about things you know well so that you can give specific, concise answers without going into too much detail. Of course, go into the detail when the interviewer asks.

Finally, I advise all candidates to be themselves. Let your personality and passions shine through in your conversation. Remember that you are selling yourself as a good employee for the company; show what you will bring to the company while letting the interviewer know who you are at your core.

How do these insights change the strategy for your next interview? We’ll have more top-notch interviewing tips from our leadership in future blogs, so be sure to keep an eye out!

If you’re interested in putting your interview skills to the test and taking your career to new heights, try applying for a position with Paycom today!

About the author
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Ashley Jezek
As a recruiting marketer for Paycom, Ashley Jezek helps the recruiting teams determine their goals and assists with strategy development. Her efforts include campaign management, engaging with top talent and increasing brand awareness. After earning a public relations degree from the University of Oklahoma, Jezek served as marketing team lead for OU's Tom Love Innovation Hub and joined Paycom as a marketing database specialist. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, attending concerts and cooking.