Preparation for an Interview

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Don’t forget to Prep before your interview

KEY POINTS BEFORE GOING INTO AN INTERVIEW:

  • Double check the exact location and also the exact time of the interview. Make sure you know exactly who the interviewer is (this should all be provided by the recruiter). Research this person (through Linkedin, their company website or Google) – also have their contact information in hand in case you are running late and need to reach out directly.
  • Plan what you will wear (usually a suit or similar business attire) and arrange to be especially well groomed. People rely heavily on first impressions.
  • Check out the company’s website and read up on the current press releases.


DUE DILIGENCE ON THE COMPANY:

  • What is the size of this company?
  • Where exactly do they have offices (nationally and internationally)?
  • What type of products/services/solutions do they sell?
  • Who are the company’s customers?
  • If you know anyone who is at the company or associated with anyone at the company – reach out to them and find out if you can get a sense of the company culture or any insight that might help you in your interview.


POSSIBLE DISCUSSION POINTS DURING THE INTERVIEW:

  • Why this role is of interest and the reason for a move
  • The kind of position in which you excel
  • Your employment history
  • Reasons behind your career moves
  • Your qualifications (education, experience)
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • Your career achievements
  • Your knowledge of their company and the reason why you are interested in them
  • WHY you are a good fit
  • The career path with this company and your aspirations
  • Your compensation history

Preplan the questions that you would like to ask. An interview is a two-way street. The employer wants to validate your qualifications and determine how well you fit the company’s culture. In turn, you want to find out whether this job will help you achieve your personal and career goals. If you ask good questions, clients notice!

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS THAT YOU CAN ASK
(if you don’t already know the answers from the recruiter)

  1. Why is the position available?
  2. What is expected in the first 3/6 months?
  3. What is the company’s on boarding process and training?
  4. What are the attributes of your top employees? What makes someone successful at your company?
  5. What are the company’s goals for the next few years?
  6. What is the company’s timeline for making a hiring decision?


AFTER THE INTERVIEW
After the interview – if you are keen on pursuing – send an email or follow up note to the person who interviewed you, thanking them for their time and assuring them that you are keen to hear about next steps.

If your interview was arranged through a recruiter – call that person to discuss your thoughts re the interview.



KEY POINTS

  • A potential employer typically takes 45 to 60 minutes to conduct a job interview. That means you have less than one hour to explain your entire career highlights. What you do and say in this short time period could have an important impact on your career. Be clear and concise while answering questions.
  • Remember that you were invited to this interview because someone in the company thought you were qualified to do the job. The employer now wants to find out more about you: your skills, intelligence, attitudes, stability, motivation and maturity. This is your opportunity to sell yourself.
  • Interviewers today are very sophisticated and are looking for long-term hires, so overall culture fit is key (but this is a two way street).

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