I get a lot of questions about job interviews. Sometimes clients want general advice and sometimes they have specific questions. Here are some general points that all interviewees can benefit from. I am going to break up the following six bullets about interviewing into a three-part series and present two at a time so it doesn’t get too lengthy.
6. Critical Interviewing Points:
- When a company calls to schedule a job interview with you, ask who is going to be in the interview (name and title).
- It is not just about the company interviewing YOU. You are also there to interview THEM.
- Conduct Research, research, and more research. Prep for a job interview so that feel prepared and can tailor your answers to the company, so they see what you can do for them.
- Listen to each question being asked by the interviewer or panel and answer accordingly.
- Bring 3 or 4 questions to the job interview that you want to ask about the company and position.
- At the end of the job interview, ask whether they feel you are qualified to move forward and if there is anything that might hold them back from doing so. This way you can have an opportunity to respond to their hesitation before you leave.
Now let us go through the first two in a little more depth.
Many candidates do not think it is appropriate to ask who will be interviewing them, but it is and it could critical to your success during your process. Research the interviewer or each member of the panel to see what you can learn about them.
Search the internet as well as ask those you know if they might know any of them. And don’t forget about social media, such as: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to find out as much as you can. Not familiar with social media? You need to become familiar fast. In the mean time though, ask other members of your family or friends to help you out.
2. Most people go into a job interview thinking it is all about the potential employer interviewing them. But you need to interview them as well. It is important to gain an understanding of the company to make sure YOU make the right decision if they offer you the job.
You need to understand what your priorities / values are and determine how the potential employer matches up. Before the interview determine what is most important to you. For example, consider these: high salary, gaining experience, a short commute, the job responsibilities, and / or the status of a particular title? What ranks at the top of the list and which are negotiable or not important at all?
Come back to read about the next two points on Monday of next week.
Check out this other article on interviewing: http://tinyurl.com/k9owy7b