Best Foot Forward - Week 3: Interviewing Tips

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Treasa Fitzgibbon and Nicole Meyer co-hosted a 6-week Career Navigation Series in the Fall of 2020. Series attendees identified their strengths, wrote an impactful resume, and learned how to interview. Treasa and Nicole also gave advice for optimizing performance in any position including how to position yourself for promotion, how to advance women in the workplace, and moving into taking action to fully control their careers.

In most cases, you will have to interview several times for any role. While different interviewers may have certain preferences for their ideal candidate, there are universal ways to prepare and excel no matter who you are meeting with. The four most important things you can do to prepare for an interview are:

  • Make sure you know lots about the firm and the interviewers
  • Ensure you’ve been keeping up with the news for the past 1-2 months
  • Think about questions to ask your interviewer
  • Think about questions you will be asked

Your preparation will show in your interview, just as it will show if you have not prepared. Once the interview has begun, it is important to remember that the interview is a two-way conversation. Be focused, show intent, but make sure you listen to what the interviewer is saying. Make sure you understand the main skills required for the role and use your interview to show you have those skills. Hiring managers are looking for aptitude, interest, inquisitiveness, transferable skills and cultural fit.

After your interview, be sure to follow up—it can make all the difference! Even if you have decided after the interview you are no longer interested in the job, it is important to not burn the bridge. Be cordial, kind and respect your new contact’s time—you never know when your paths may cross again.

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