Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Interviewing 101: Day of Interview

Last week, I started this series Interviewing 101 after conducting several interviews and making some observations that I thought I would share with you. This post will be about the big day, Day of Interview.

Day of Interview can be a very stressful day. Your nerves and anxiety are probably at a 1000%. That's normal. This feeling can be minimized if you prepare properly for the interview. The key to have a successful interview is displaying professionalism and confidence. Here are a couple things to consider and prepare for the big day.

Dress to Impress
First impressions hold more weight in your interview than you think. Dressing in your best interview outfit not only shows the person conducting the interview that you are taking things seriously, but I believe that it makes you, as the interviewee, more confident. I am of the opinion that when interviewing, one should wear some type of business outfit with a blazer. This can be a full suit, pants or dress with blazer. This can vary depending on the field that you are in, of course.

If you need some outfit inspiration, Jean from Extra Petite has the cutest outfit ideas for work. Seriously, want her wardrobe!

Bring a copy of resume
Okay, so I feel like this one is a given, but have realized as of late, that it's not. Bring a copy of your resume to provide to each person you are interviewing with. We do panel interviews at my work, so we can have up to three people in the panel. Do not assume that the person(s) have a copy of your resume. Again, your resume outlines your skills and work experience. You want that information right in front of the interviewers eyes while they meet you. Also, bring any other copies of examples of work experience that you have in your portfolio that you want to provide to the hiring manager.

Be prepared to walk through your resume! You don't have to walk through each piece of it, but be comfortable to highlights any skills or experience that demostrate why you are the most qualified candidate for the job you are interviewing for.

Preset Questions
Have some questions in your back pocket to ask the hiring manager at the end of the interview. In most cases, the person conducting the interview will allow a few minutes at the end for you to ask questions. With a simple google search I found some examples of good questions. How will you measure the success of the person in this position? What are some of the challenges you expect the person in this position to face? Thinking back to people you’ve seen do this work previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great at it? These questions demonstrate that you are taking this role seriously and are looking to fully understand the role and expectations of the hiring manager. Oh, and one more question to ask is: What is the anticipated timeline for the hiring process? When should you expect to hear an update on the job? I can't tell you how many times I forget to ask and then I am twiddling my thumbs waiting. Knowing what the tentative timeline is can help set expectations and hopefully, prevent the nerves of waiting for the call.

Next week, I will wrap this series and share some thoughts on After the Interview.


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