"BE THE DRIVER OF YOUR CAREER LADDER"
My interactions with students, fresh graduates, early industry entrants and managers in last few years, I would like to share few quick tips for interview process.
One cannot afford to underestimate the importance of an interview at various stages of his career. Companies invite you onsite because the initial phone conversation went well. Given your skills, experience, and conversation, the hiring manager sees potential. Going onsite is the next big step in determining if this career move is the one for you.
There are many resources available on basic interview tips. However, there are specific things that you can do that will leave a distinctive impression on those you meet that go outside of traditional action. The individuals who go above and beyond in interview can not only get the nod towards an offer, they can often stand on stronger ground throughout the negotiation process.
1. "DO YOUR HOMEWORK WELL"
Yes, you want to understand the background of leadership, the company's history, product, market and mission. However, regurgitating data in an interview to prove you did your research is trite. The reason each individual is on the interview panel is this hire affects him in some way. Ask how they see the challenge at hand, and how he/she envisions a successful solution.
2. "ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY"
It happens that an individual with lesser skills or experience has gotten the offer because of how positively the team felt about the cultural fit. Say hello, Make eye contact, Offer a handshake and Introduce yourself to anyone, even those not on the interview slate. You are being watched, and evaluated, for how you carry yourself, and how you treat others. You don't have to be an extrovert to make a positive impression, simply be sincere.
3. "KNOW THE AUDIENCE FOR THE PRESENTATION"
Before preparing on your topic, research your audience. This will help you have better context for questions and answers, as well as deepening your credibility on working with potential customers. Knowing the makeup of the audience will help you craft a more effective, targeted presentation, as well as align personally to each and keep high engagement.
4. "EFFECTIVE FOLLOW UP"
Everyone is encouraged to write a thank you email or a handwritten note. Make it unique by putting work into a draft business plan, or share details regarding how and where you have done something specifically addressing his challenge. Personalized and valuable, your follow up should call their attention specifically and offer insight into how you problem solve.
5. "BE REMEMBERED EVEN WITHOUT OFFER"
All types of positivities are payed back. Only deciding factor is time and opportunity. Be humble and modest to appreciate even if you are rejected for some or the other reason. There always is a next opportunity for you.
Onsite interviews are an incredible opportunity to learn- about the opportunity, about the team, and about yourself. The more aligned the opportunity appears to your career interests, the more important it is to rise above and shine.
These quick tips can help you stand out in a slate of individuals in process and remembered reverently.