Whether you’re just interested to see what else is out there, or actively seeking a new role because of a layoff or similar, you’ll at some point have to go through an interview to take the next step in your career.
I don’t believe in do’s and don’ts; only having a good measured approach to this all important meeting. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re a good fit, they already think you are. You just have to prove you’re the best. Here are some very simple actions to take before and during your interview that will give you a leg up over the rest.
Know your potential new employers’ mission statement and company values by heart. Use this information during your interview.
Have 5 questions about the company prepared and ON PAPER beforehand. (More on that later!)
Consider how you fit into the company’s financial picture. The cost of employing you vs. what you bring to the table.
Get comfortable when you sit down.
Ask for a tour of the facility if the situation permits.
Look for latest news on your new potential employer. Social media is a great tool for this. Look at a company’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
Finally, approach this as a two-way conversation. Not a one way street. You need to find out if they’re a fit for you just as much as they need to find out if you’re a fit for them.