Preparing for Your Interview

  • Assume there are thousands of candidates who are more qualified (stay hungry).
  • Review, revise & finalize your LinkedIn & resume (look for consistency, clarity, and proof-of-performance).
  • Practice your elevator pitch (in the mirror, by recording yourself – it’s awkward, but you’ll thank us later).
  • Read the job description carefully and find your strengths and areas for improvement based on criteria.
  • Create a list, based on job description, of past successes relevant for this role – offer up quantitative and qualitative proof of performance (show them you can do this job by offering up measurable proof).
  • Get a friend to prep with you and ‘switch seats’ – play the role of the interviewer by asking questions you’ll have for them (interviews are a two-way street and the ?s you ask will be just as telling as the ?s you answer).
  • Understand behavioral interviewing and how to thrive in this interview style.
  • Learn about the people interviewing you through LinkedIn, company site/bio, social media.
  • Pack for success: 3 copies of your resume, a pen and a notepad or iPad organized in your bag in case you need them.
  • Dress for that company’s style: ask the person handling your interview what the company’s dress code is.
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive 5 minutes early. You never know what traffic may surprise you on the way there.
  • Remember your interview starts with the very first person you meet – the janitor, the receptionist – the first connection will leave the first impression.
  • If you are using a recruiter, ask them for guidance (insights based on their company insights).

During Your Interview

  • Breathe, Smile and Keep Your Core Strong. What? Let us Explain…
  • You need to stay calm, cool and collected.
  • Keep your posture straight with a strong core.
  • Breathe slowly to keep your mind present.
  • Smile — it will keep your nerves at bay and increase engagement.
  • Focus on your non-verbal (Are your arms crossed? Are you crouched over? Are you shaking your pencil out of nervousness?) Keep an open posture which suggests confidence and openness to engage in conversation.
  • Answer the ? being asked (Sounds stupid simple, but sometimes we’re not listening – we’re preparing to sell ourselves and already have our ‘script’ planned – prepare, but leave your script at the door and listen to listen, then respond….don’t listen to speak).
  • Ask questions about the team, the job, the company (competitive advantages, why they chose to join the team, who was in the position previously, etc.)
  • Don’t under-qualify or over-qualify yourself. Be True to Who You Are.
  • End with a clear statement of interest and appreciation of their time (assuming you want the gig).

After Your Interview

  • Send a personal follow-up to everyone who you spoke with, 24 to 48 hours after you interview.
  • Think outside the box (including email inbox) for follow-up.