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Vince Lombardi once said “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” And there is nowhere that statement applies more than in the job interview. So review below the steps you can take before, during and after to interview effectively. And prepare to get lucky.
Before The Interview
Think of the interview as your opportunity to demonstrate how you can help the interviewer and her / his organization during a give and take discussion.
Accept an interview opportunity whenever one is offered. Your objective is to get an offer. You can always reject an offer once it is in hand, but in the meantime, you have had the chance to polish your interviewing skills and your ability to showcase yourself.
Research, research, research! The more you know about the position and the hiring organization, the more confident and prepared to handle the interviewer’s questions you will be.
Areas you should dig into include:
Industry in which the company competes
Sources of information:
Take notes. Writing down the findings of your due diligence will help you remember them, and provide you with a convenient summary document you can review just prior to the interview.
If you think it will help you state your case that you are a perfect fit for the position, bring examples of past work that you have done that is salient to the opportunity at hand.
Get a list of the names and titles with whom you will be interviewing. It will help you anticipate questions and address thank-you notes after the interview. Bring an extra copy of your resume for each person, just in case one or more have not had the chance to review it.
Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. You do not want to be late under any circumstances!
As one adage suggests, "Dress for success." Dress professionally. If you do not know the dress code of the hiring company, always wear appropriate business attire-- tasteful dress or suit for the ladies (no open-toed shoes, short skits, or cleavage, please), suit and tie for the gentlemen (avoid jeans and tennis shoes). It never hurts to be overdressed, but it can be very embarrassing to be under-dressed. In fact, it can make for a negative first impression, which is often the kiss of death!
During The Interview
After The Interview
As soon as possible, find a quiet spot and do a written “data dump” of the interview. List absolutely everything you can recall that was said, or that you observed. If you wait, you will forget much of what you experienced. These notes will be helpful to review should you be called upon for a second interview, or should you receive a job offer.
Within 24 hours, send thank you notes to everyone you interviewed. E-mail is acceptable, but each note should be worded slightly differently. Write the equivalent of a business memo moving the discussion forward with new topics, agendas, and ideas, and ask for time to follow through in deeper discussions. Thank each individual for the time extended, and close by stating that you are a good fit and very interested in the job.
If you receive no feedback within the time frame promised, contact the company and politely ask fir a status update.