When you go to an interview, it’s critical that you come armed with knowledge of the company and position. It’s equally important for you to be prepared on a personal level so that you can successfully convince your interviewer(s) that you are the right person for their company. When you walk into the interview room, be sure to:
- Why do you want to leave your current job/previous employer?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- Why do you want this specific position?
- Why should this company hire you?
- 30 second response to “Tell me about yourself”.
- What are your key selling points?
- Think of Situation-Action-Result examples to demonstrate:
- Thinking/Problem Solving
- Priority Setting
- Overcoming Obstacles
- Analytical Skills
- Dress appropriately and professionally.
- Bring notebook/binder with samples of your work or recap of your selling points.
- Bring pen and paper to take notes as appropriate.
- Bring extra copies of your resume on quality paper (at least one per person you are scheduled to meet with, plus an extra).
- Thank interviewer(s) for the opportunity to talk with them.
- Be confident and enthusiastic (use voice inflection, gestures, eye contact, positive body language, facial animation – but still be yourself!).
- Get business card(s) of the interviewer(s) so you have the correct spelling of their name, along with email address, phone, and physical address for follow-up.
- At the end of your last interview, ask about next steps.
After your interview, call Stout Executive Search as soon as possible for a debrief. Then, send follow-up thank you email(s) or letter(s) as appropriate.
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