- Know what type of interview to expect
- Know who will be conducting the interview
- Completing the employment application at home
These are three ways you can shine brighter, be more confident, and successful at your next job interview. Read more so you can:
- Reduce your stress level
- Be better prepared for your job interview
- Feel less rushed, hassled and in more control of the situation
- Come across as a professional who is considerate of others
- Be more knowledgeable about the company/business and the people who will participate in the interview process
- Focus on making a positive impression during your interview
What to Ask When Making the Job Interview Appointment
There are a number of things you should know before you show up for your job interview. The best time to start gathering this information is when you make the interview appointment. In part one of this series we shared three great tips; you can read them here. Today, we have three more that you should inquire about and write down when making your interview appointment:
- Ask What Type of Interview Setting Will be Used
Businesses today use a variety of methods to facilitate job interviews. The most common methods are:
- Long Distance Phone or Skype Interview
- In-person one-on-one Interview
- In-person Interview Panel–If you will be interviewing with a panel of people, ask how many and if you may have their names and contact information before the interview
- Interview Panel Multiple Appointments Same Day
- Lunch or Dinner Interview
- Names, Titles, Contact Details for Everyone Who Will Interview You
During the appointment call, ask for the names of all the people that will conduct the interview.
After you make your interview appointment, email or call back and talk with a receptionist or lower-level staff person. Ask them for the following information for each person who will participate in the interview process:
- Correct title and spelling of their name
- Email address and business mailing address
This way you can send each of them a thank you note after the interview.
Next, search the company website and LinkedIn to learn more about the people who will participate in the interview process. This will help you to be, somewhat, familiar with the people who will participate in the interview process; giving you a distinct advantage.
- Employment Application
When you submitted your résumé, if the employment application was not included as part of the process, inquire if you can access it online or if it could be emailed to you.
This is another way to lower your stress level and increase your confidence. Completing a job application in the quiet and comfort of your home increases your chances for accuracy. You will be more relaxed and will have access to all the information needed to complete the application. Being more relaxed will also improve your handwriting. Take your time and print clearly and legibly. Once finished put the application with the other information that you will be taking to your interview, and submit it when asked to do so.
Be on the lookout for the next installment in this series, “Three Tips to Better Job Interview Preparation” Part 3.
Ace Your Next Interview
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