My First Job Interview!

I haven’t been blogging as much, but that’s because I’ve been so busy INTERVIEWING!  So happy to be taking this next step in my transition.

I’ve actually had about a dozen interviews thus far, all coordinated by my recruiting firm, and I’ve actually been pretty successful.  I was extremely nervous going into it (okay, I may have been shaking!) but I learned a lot about the process.  I’m now working through follow-ups, which is just as daunting but even more exciting.

I’m not an expert by any means, but here are a few of the things I’ve learned/realized during this process that may help you as you make your transition to Corporate America:

My Interview Tips:

  • Dress to Impress.  I really think wearing my suits and looking the part of a professional was an important step, not just to impress the interviewer, but to put myself into the right mindset.
  • Nail the introduction.  Try to learn the interviewer’s first name before you head in, and use it (but don’t overuse it!) throughout the interview.  And introduce yourself right off the bat, with a good handshake and your first AND last names.
  • Smile and stay energetic.  Just do it.  Seriously, otherwise you look disinterested and bored.
  • “Answer the question, and shut up.”  This is actual advice I received from a very successful careerwoman!  Answer the question, Bottom Line Up Front, then go into a concise explanation of what you did to achieve that.
  • Read your interviewer and LISTEN.  Look at their body language.  It will tell you whether you are on the right track, boring them, not letting them interject/talking too much, and more.
  • Prepare questions.  Some interviewers asked me if I had questions, right off the bat!  Don’t ask questions about benefits and other subjects irrelevant to an initial interview.  Ask them questions about the specific job you’re applying for, and ask quality questions.  This was a HUGE trend in all of my interviews.
  • Don’t forget the finish!  When your time is up, don’t just walk out.  Thank them for meeting you, tell them how interested you are, and leave an impression.  Don’t take off, no matter how you felt you did during the interview!

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