Tips and tricks for a successful interview at PEER Group
We know interviews can make some people nervous, so here are some tips for interviewing with us.
Know your stuff
Review your resume so you can speak to dates and experiences with confidence.
Dress to impress
Usual attire for interviews is business casual. You are welcome to show up in a suit and we promise to be impressed.
Do whatever you need to do to look well-groomed and smell nice – but not too nice. Please don’t overdo the cologne.
When you look in the mirror, ask yourself, “Would I send this person to a customer site to represent my company?”
Show us what you’ve got!
Feel free to bring show and tell: code samples, writing samples, sample projects. You can also draw for us on the whiteboard to illustrate your points. Show us your stuff.
If you are applying for an Information Developer or Marketing position, bring a portfolio to demonstrate your work. This is a key part of the interview process.
Know what to expect on interview day
In most cases, we’ll conduct your interview in our offices, face to face. Of course, there may be more faces on our side of the table than on yours.
In Canada, you will spend some time with a member of our Human Resources team, learning about the company and what we do and covering the administrative end of your questions.
Usually, there will be at least two interviews. The first one is an information exchange where we’ll get to know each other. Consider this your basic fit screening interview. The second interview is generally for hiring manager input and approval. If your job touches lots of areas, the group of people who meet you will expand.
Skills testing will be part of the interview process for some positions, (e.g., Information Developers and Accounting).
If you are applying for a Sales position, you will be expected to do a presentation as part of the interview process. After all, talking to a boardroom full of strangers needs to be one of your key strengths. But, don’t worry: you get to pick the topic.
Don’t forget to:
- Shake hands firmly – but resist the urge to crush bones.
- Make eye contact when you speak.
- Attempt to engage all the interviewers.
- Ask questions! Even if you think you know it all, you should ask some questions to get to know more about your interviewers, what it’s like to work at PEER Group, and what exactly you will be doing here anyway.
- Give yourself about 15 minutes before the interview time to relax, review your material and get a feel for the environment. WAY better than sliding in the door 10 minutes late because you forgot to leave time to park and wait for the elevator…
Convince us that you’re a great fit
Most companies hire for skills and fire for fit. We’re interested in your skills, attitude, potential, and whether you’ll fit in here. What are the things that need to fit?
- Learning style
- Process orientation
- Attention to detail
- Ability to plan work
- Ability to interact with customers
- Communication style
- Sense of responsibility
After each interview, we will set expectations regarding when we will contact you about next steps. If you don’t hear from us by the appointed time, feel free to send an email to ask about your status.