Ready to make a career move, but stressed about the process? Don’t fret my friend, I am here to help. Here is a step-by-step guide to get you ready for a successful interview and land your next J.O.B.
Before the Interview
Do your homework. Review the company’s website. Know their history, mission and values. Do you know who is conducting the interview? See if they have a LinkedIn page as well.
Arrive early. First impressions are very important and being late for your interview may be a deal breaker.
Have extra copies of your resume. Additional copies of your resume is a good idea in case you are meeting with more than one person.
Dress for success. Dress appropriately for your industry and keep your overall look polished. You may want to leave the bangle bracelets at home.
During the Interview
Offer a firm handshake. A firm handshake is non-negotiable. Period.
Watch your body language. Don’t fidget. Be conscious of folding your arms in front of you. It appears that you are closed off and disinterested.
Keep eye contact. This demonstrates that you are engaged and present.
Listen to the questions. You may be nervous and spit out a bunch of words that do not answer the question. Take a minute to think about your answer…no need to rush.
Ask questions. This is your chance to learn about the organization.
- What is a typical day for someone in my position?
- How long have you been with the company?
- Why do you work here?
- What is the training process?
- How do you measure my performance?
Be your true self. Authenticity is your always your best bet. It will carry you much farther than you trying to imitate what you think your interviewer is looking for in a candidate.
After the Interview
Send thank you note. Just a quick note to say thank you is a professional courtesy.
Be ready for an offer. A price range may or may not have been discussed prior to your offer. If you feel like you are worth more, ask for it. It is not uncommon to negotiate.
I have conducted a number of interviews throughout my professional career. Here are 6 takeaways that may be revealed.
You say: I have a (close) relationship with my parents/siblings/in-laws.
Takeaway: You have core values.
You say: I have a dog (or cat).
Takeaway: You are compassionate.
You say: I like to exercise.
Takeaway: You take care of yourself.
You say: I do volunteer work.
Takeaway: You show empathy and have a sense of community.
You say: What is your culture here?
Takeaway: You have a true interest in our organization.
You say: Do I have an opportunity to advance here?
Takeaway: You are looking to grow with our organization.