For Applicants

For Applicants

Interview Tips

At Boyd Gaming one of the pillars of Boyd Style is "Value Relationships". We appreciate that you have taken the time to come to our website and are interested in a career with Boyd Gaming. As a way to say "Thank You" we wanted to include some tips on how to present yourself well in an interview. Hopefully you will find them helpful, and they will assist you in getting the position of your dreams, with us or another company.

Before the interview

Research the Company Make sure you research the company before you go for your interview. Go to the company webpage and read press releases. Conduct a web search and find out any recent news from the company. Displaying knowledge of the company is a way to let the interviewer know that you are serious about the position.

Prepare for common interview questions There are some common interview questions that you will likely be asked, and you should take some time and think about how you will answer them.

Why don't you tell me about yourself?
This opened-ended question is a typical way for an interviewer to begin. It starts conversation and allows them to get a sense of who you are and your priorities. What is important for you to remember is to keep your answer to this fairly short, and stick with details about your professional career.
Why do you want to work here?
This is your chance to demonstrate that you did some research about the company and talk about what you found out that makes you want to work here. Hiring Managers want to hear about how you're excited about the opportunity with their company, not that you are just looking for a job anywhere.
What is your biggest strength/weakness?
For both of these questions make sure that you keep your answer work related. When asked your greatest strength this is your opportunity to explain what makes you special and why you'd be a great person to hire. When asked your greatest weakness one of the worst answers that you can give is "I don't have one" or "I can't think of any". For this question you should point out some minor work related weakness and anything that you've done to help correct it.
Why should I hire you?
This is another chance for you to explain to the hiring manager how your background matches the description of their ideal candidate. Go through your experience and talk about how it relates to the position.
Prepare some questions about the company
Most interviews will end with the hiring manager giving you an opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the position or the company. Take some time before the interview to think of a few questions that you'll ask at this time. If you don't ask any questions the hiring manager may take that as a sign that you aren't as interested in the position or that you don't know much about the position/company.

The Interview

Dress the part!
One of the first things that an interviewer will notice and use to evaluate you is how you are dressed. It's important that you show up looking your best. For men, a suit, pressed dress shirt and tie are standard interview attire. If you don't own a suit, then a collared shirt and dress pants are a good alternative. Women should wear a clean, pressed blouse and suit or skirt. Even if you are applying for a job in a casual office environment it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. Never wear shorts, jeans, or athletic shoes to an interview.

Be on time
Make sure you have directions to the location of the interview, and if necessary do a trial run so you know how long it will take you to arrive. You should arrive at the interview location 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. Arriving more than 15 minutes before your scheduled time should be avoided, since some interviewers see this as being disrespectful of their time and ignoring your appointment.

Personal presentation
During the interview make sure you stay aware of your body language. When you sit down maintain good posture. Don't slouch in your seat and you may even want to lean forward slightly in your chair to show that you are engaged in the conversation. Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Firm handshake
When you first meet your interviewer give them a firm handshake. You don't have to squeeze their hand, but it is important not to have a weak or limp handshake. Many interviewers will tell you that a limp handshake is often seen as a sign of inexperience or lack of confidence, and may even eliminate you from consideration for the job.

Sell yourself
One thing that all interviewers hate is when they ask a question and receive one or two word answers. Take the time in an interview to talk about yourself and why you are a great candidate. The more detailed your answers to questions the better the chance that you will connect with your interviewer, and ultimately get a job offer. It's also important to be honest during the interview. Don't exaggerate your achievements. Most companies conduct background screenings and if you are caught in a lie you'll likely lose the job offer.

After the Interview

Write a thank you card
When you are done with your interview make sure you get a business card from your interviewer. The day after your interview send a brief thank you card or email to the interviewer to thank them for their time.

Be Patient
After your interview you are going to be impatient and hope to hear something quickly. Please realize that even after a great interview it takes most companies a few days to make a final decision and to conduct a background check. If you haven't heard anything after a week it's okay to check on the status of the search with your interviewer, but don't contact them too often.
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