ABC Back to Basics: Interview Preparedness

Always be Prepared! I interview candidates quite often that have little to no idea what the company they are interviewing with actually does. How can one confidently walk into a room and sell themselves, if they aren’t familiar with what the company is all about. How can you show that you will be a value to their brand, if you haven’t armed yourself with knowledge about what they do.

Due Diligence is vitally important to understanding the business, their mission, as well as their values. Look at their website for their mission statement. Does this align with your core values?

Look at the history of the company. What stands out to you? What excites you about the possibility of working for this particular brand? Be able to speak to these during an interview. One of the most common questions in an interview is “Why this company?” “Why do you want to work for us?” Many interviewers have a deep sense of pride in their company and the culture and you understanding that and showing you are in step with those, will help you stand out.

Your preparedness is part of the interview. Don’t get overly consumed by what questions you think the Hiring Manager will ask, or what you think they want to here. The time you took to research a company shows your interviewer this IS important to you. It shows your value their company, this interview and in turn, the time you are spending together.

Body Language; It’s perfectly ok to be nervous. I have order doxycycline never gone through an interview where I wasn’t nervous. However, don’t allow your anxiousness to steer you off course. Focus on the individual that is interviewing you, give them complete eye contact and listen intently. Don’t lose yourself thinking about what your answer will be, just listen. Digest the question. If you don’t have an answer right away, its ok to take a short pause. You can say something like “that’s a great question” to give yourself a few seconds to think. Then answer honestly. Don’t be consumed by what you think the interviewer wants to hear. A good interviewer can pick up on this and it will come across as disingenuous. Be honest, respectful, confident and speak in a manner consistent with a professional environment.

Circling back/Follow Up: After the interview, follow up with the Hiring Manager or Interviewer via email or handwritten note and share how you enjoyed the experience.  Speak to your excitement regarding the possibility of working for their company. Thank them for their time and the opportunity. Even if you are not selected for the position, this shows that you are a person of character and professionalism. When something else becomes available, perhaps the Hiring Manager will remember you and reach out to you. Managers and Recruiters tend to go the ‘extra mile’ for candidates that were friendly and conducted themselves with professionalism.

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By |2018-08-24T13:04:59+00:00November 1st, 2017|Categories: Before the Interview, Opinion|1 Comment

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Michele had been working in Talent Analysis and Development for the Estee Lauder Companies for over 10 years and came to People Scout in June 2016, where she has been on the McKesson account recruiting for Med Surg and Pharma. She loves writing and has had two articles published in Mia Magazine and is currently working on publishing her second children’s book. Michele is passionate about helping people better understand their natural talents and how to leverage those in order to be more impactful and fulfilled, both in their professional and personal lives. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.

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  1. Joni Finfrock November 3, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    What a great article! Some of the what-not-to-do tips are exactly what I’ve done in the past – anticipate the next question. And to know what the mission statement is prior to an interview. Thank you Michele.

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