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The Ultimate 3 Stage Interview Checklist

Getting a call for an interview means that your resume and your online brand did their job; now it’s time to seal the deal. Follow this ultimate interview checklist and you’ll glide through the process with the confidence needed to win over any hiring manager.

#1

Before The Interview

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  • 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 you’ll take to your interview, including traffic patterns around the time of your arrival.
    • You know exactly who you’re meeting with, what their title is, and as much about their role in the company as possible.
#2

During The Interview

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  • 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 décor 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.
    • Don’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 it’s relevant, bring up a recent piece of industry news or commentary.
  • Keep track of everyone’s names, whether you meet the person or they are mentioned as part of the interview. 
#3

After The Interview

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  • Remember that the interview doesn’t really stop until you’ve left the company’s property ("I’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.
  • Be patient.
    • Give them at least few business days before you start worrying about a response.
    • If you haven’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!