Going to a Job Interview?
Did you lose your job? Were you anticipating doing so? Are you just looking for a better opportunity? I don’t think it will surprise anyone to know that in 2009 I had more people I know looking for a job than ever before. The list got so long that I had to write it down just to keep track of people I knew looking for work.
In preparing a project for a client, I realize in my interactions that some of the preparing that needs to be done by an interviewee is missed. Specifically, they are only thinking about how they get the company to want them before the interview. They put no thought into how they are going to use the interview to decide if they want the job. This takes preparation.
Consider this standard work for preparing. Before your interview, write down your incoming impressions of the job opportunity itself, the company, and the hiring manager or team that you’ll work with. Then write down what you’d like to learn more about in these categories. Following the interview, go back to your list and capture your new impressions of the job, the company, and the team or manager.
Standard work for anything should be flexible but helpful. Doing this simple task will not only help you present yourself and your thought process more productively, but will help you prepare to use the interview to gather needed insight for the all important task: the decision.
What standard work have you developed to help you with the job search, interview, or decision process?