Interviewing Checklist and Guidelines
Getting a call for an interview means that your resume and your online brand did their job; now itâ€™s time to seal the deal. Follow this ultimate interview checklist and youâ€™ll glide through the process with the confidence needed to win over any hiring manager.
Before The Interview
Prepare for the tough questions.
- What are your professional weaknesses?
- Why did you part ways with your last employer?
- Describe a time when you fell short of goals or expectations.
- What drives you in your career?
- Of which accomplishments are you the most proud?
- If it comes up, are you prepared to discuss salary and compensation?
Prepare your own questions.
- How does this role interact with other departments?
- What are the biggest goals and expectations you have for the person who fills this role?
- Is the department/environment more team-oriented or individually driven?
- Does the company support/encourage continuing education in relevant areas?
Take care of the following the night before.
- Ensure your outfit is clean and ironed if needed.
- Copies of your resume are printed and ready to transport in a portfolio or folder.
- You are familiar with the route youâ€™ll take to your interview, including traffic patterns around the time of your arrival.
- You know exactly who youâ€™re meeting with, what their title is, and as much about their role in the company as possible.
During The Interview
Arrive 5 minutes early at the very least, but no more than 15.
- Use the time to breathe and review your questions and responses.
- Look around and make note of your surroundings (office dÃ©cor often speaks volumes about the company.)
- Leave a good impression with the person in reception or the front office (It never hurts and it often helps.)
Set yourself at ease and others will follow.
- A solid handshake with eye contact is essential.
- Make sure your body language is friendly and forward facing.
- Donâ€™t forget to smile, breathe, and blink (It helps put the interviewer at ease too.)
Answer questions with just enough information and stop talking when you make your point.
Take a few notes and ask for a minute if you need it. Yes, this is totally allowed during an interview.
If itâ€™s relevant, bring up a recent piece of industry news or commentary.
Keep track of everyoneâ€™s names, whether you meet the person or they are mentioned as part of the interview.
After The Interview
Remember that the interview doesnâ€™t really stop until youâ€™ve left the companyâ€™s property (“Iâ€™ll walk you out/to your car.”)
Send a note to every single person you shook hands with as soon as possible.
Recap the highlights of the interview in your Thank You follow-up notes.
- Thank your interviewer for meeting with you.
- Reiterate your interest in the position.
- Remind them of why you are the best person for the job.
- Express interest in meeting/speaking again in the near future and offer times when you are available.
- Give them at least few business days before you start worrying about a response.
- If you havenâ€™t heard anything after a week, reach out politely and suggest another meeting/conversation on a specific date.
When you do hear back, refer to this check list again as needed.
With this checklist, a lot of preparation and a healthy dose of confidence, interviewing for your next dream job will be a breeze!