How to Prepare for an Interview

How to Prepare for an Interview

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Lynn: Hi, this is Lynn Flinn, president at The Rowland Group.

James: And I’m James Kelley, partner at The Rowland Group.

Lynn: Today, we want to talk a little bit about interviewing, and especially, we want to talk about the things you do before you go to an interview to prepare.

Lynn: So James, if you were going to give advice to someone, and say they were going to go meet with a hiring manager, what do you think that hiring manager expects that person to have done before the show up for the interview?

James: I think there’s a couple of things. First of all, you definitely want to know where the interview is. So either Google it, or I might even suggest driving by beforehand. Secondly, you want to go check out their website. Make sure you know something about the company because a lot of the time, hiring managers will come up with a question like, “What do you know about us?” You do not want to have a blank stare on your face. I would say the last thing is to make sure you’re prepared with some questions. Make sure you have some questions ready about their culture or about what the expectations are for the job. And beyond that, something final that you may do is say, “Hey, I want the job” if things go well. So those are the top tips I’d give on what to do to prepare.

Lynn: So you’re kind of thinking ahead before you show up about what’s going to be the end result about where you go after the interview is over too by initiating, “Hey, I really am interested in this position.” This is assuming that you are.

James: Absolutely. And even if they answer most of the questions that you had written down, writing them down shows that you put some thought into the interview prior to going.

Lynn: Ok. That makes sense. That makes total sense to me.

James: Let me ask you this: As a hiring manager, how early should somebody show up to an interview?

Lynn: Ah! That’s a great questions actually.

James: *Chuckling

Lynn: I had a client that would actually give me some tips on this and her rule of thumb was, “Hey, if you show up more than 15 minutes early to my office it’s really irritating to everyone.” You’re basically making someone have to entertain you. Or say you get called that somebody’s here you feel like you have to rush what you were doing, maybe you were in the middle of something and they’re not really supposed to be there for another 15 minutes. So technically, that’s just a little bit on the borderline of being too early. Sit in your car and wait a while if you need to.

James: So maybe go in 5 minutes ahead?

Lynn: Yeah. Now worse than that, the kiss of death, is being late for the interview. I loved your tip that you said, show up and see where it is so that you’re not late for the interview. You know, be prepared for how to get in the building, but do not be late for an interview. There’s some people, well we know a person that if you were 1 minute late to an interview with this individual, and you are done.

James: Right.

Lynn: So that’s what I’d say about promptness for the interview basically.

James: Ok.

Lynn: So anyways, these are just a couple of the things that we wanted to talk about. We could go on and on about interviews and we’d love to talk more about it. Come over to our office if you would like to have some help with your career and where you want to go next. We’ll help you with looking at your resume and give you prep-work, we do that all the time with candidates before we send them out on interviews. We want you to be ready and have your best chance of success in your career. So stop by and see us.