Most people prepare for an interview, tediously brushing up, so they may answer questions correctly. The proper mindset for your role is to determine if this opportunity is a proper fit for you, just as much as it is for the company or organization inviting you in. By keeping this concept in mind, it should lead to an open exchange of thoughts and ideas, where you may both ascertain future potential.
In preparation for the interview research the company’s website, their competitors and gain understanding of the industry as a whole. You can visit the web, the library, or if you know individuals who work in the industry, or even for the company itself, talk to them in advance, gaining as much knowledge as you can.
Develop questions to ask the interviewer, but at least three key ones.
- What challenges does the company face?
- What are the company’s goals?
- What is the interviewer’s opinion of the company & industry as a whole?
As the interviewer is asking questions of you, do likewise, asking questions of the interviewer, keeping it conversational. Ultimately keep in mind how you can benefit the company with your unique strengths.
How To End the Interview
Say, “Thank you,” whether you felt it went well or it was a complete disaster.
Always ask these three questions.
- What is the next step in the hiring process?
- How many people are you interviewing for the position?
- Where do I stand in the order of people you have interviewed so far?
Next, ask what could you improve on for future interviews? You really want to ask this question if you are in the running or not, and most interviewers will gladly answer it for you.
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