Understand what issue(s) the hiring manager wants the new hire to fix
There’s a job opening for a reason. What challenges has the manager experienced and how will the employee in the position either solve it or develop a solution? Understanding this perspective can help you prepare for the interview, strategically answer questions, and uncover expectations and responsibilities.
Have an engaging conversation, not just quick answers
It’s common to be nervous during an interview. By focusing and listening to questions during the interview—instead of mentally thinking about what to say while the person is still asking the question—you can respond in a way that is thorough, honest, and succinct. Don’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions to avoid wrong assumptions.
“Do you have any questions for me?” does not mean the meeting is over
This is a very important part of the interview. Unprepared candidates will fail by saying they don’t have any questions. Use this opportunity to learn more about the position.
- What were some ways previous employees succeeded in the role?
- How will results be measured?
- What are 1-2 key initiatives the team is focused on this year?
- Is the company culture supportive of teamwork or individual contributors?
Show interest in the position and organization using strategic questions that reflect your interest and knowledge about the job.
Lifelong learning and curiosity
Many hiring managers have told me that formal education is less important than an employee’s demonstrated interest and aptitude for learning. Express that you are willing to learn by mentioning interests, discussing training, and talking about learning opportunities that support the company focus.
After the interview, it’s important to send a thoughtful thank-you note. Many employers notice when candidates skip this step, so be sure to create a good impression. Job offers are typically the result of being prepared, taking time and putting in the effort.
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