Interviewing is often a stressful experience for everyone– even the most seasoned managers and executives. The key to any good interview is preparation. After all, you want to present yourself as competent, capable, and highly qualified– clearly the best person for the job. Below we will discuss some interview tips that will help you land that sought after opportunity:
Do your research. You might have years of management experience under your belt, but if you walk into an interview knowing very little about the company, you’ve set yourself up for failure. Research everything you can about the company before your interview. Check out their website and read articles and press releases. What are the company’s specific strengths? What’s going on with their direct competitors? Set up a Google Alert so you are up-to-date on any breaking news concerning the company.
Know who’s interviewing you. Be sure to ask for the names of everyone you’ll be meeting with before the interview. Then learn everything possible about those individuals. Do a quick Google search for their names. Check out their bios on the company website. Visit their LinkedIn pages. Search for common ground: do you have similar interests? Do you belong to the same professional organizations? Did you attend the same college? Take note of any potential talking points.
Prepare quality answers. Of course, there’s no way to predict everything that will be asked of you during an interview. However, there are some key questions that you can expect to be asked, including questions concerning gaps in work history or short-tenure positions. You’ll also likely be asked about failed projects, so emphasize the corrective action you took when answering this question. Consider rehearsing with a friend or spouse before the interview.
Ask thoughtful questions. Make sure to prepare quality questions. Avoid asking anything that could be answered by a quick Google search. Consider preparing separate questions for each person involved in the interview process by uniquely tailoring your questions to their background and role within the company.
Follow-up. Immediately following the interview, jot down some notes or questions that you can reference in your follow-up correspondence. Be sure to send follow-up cards or emails within 24 hours of your interview, thanking each person for his or her time. Personalize the messages and reference specific points discussed with each person. Reiterate your interest in the position, clarify any responses you feel weren’t adequate, and remind them why you’re the best fit for the job.
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