You made it past the phone interview – good for you!
Hopefully you took great notes and gained clarity around the position and the organization as it will help you accurately recap early in the face-to-face conversation and create a sense of ease and confidence during the interview.
Review your phone interview notes
Connect on LinkedIn to additional members of the interview team. Review their backgrounds to identify any commonalities, people, places, things as they are reflect your attention to detail and desire to get to know your interviewer.
Review your Strength Finder book and your “inventory sheet”
How well do you know yourself?
Prepare your 250-300 word summary to best explain the age old question: “Tell me about yourself”
I’m … a senior at Suffolk University studying, I grew up in …etc.
List 3 Accomplishments
I am most proud of graduating, my trip to …my volunteer work, etc.
Weave in your strengths to support your accomplishments
While at Suffolk, I recognized my time management skills as I carried a full school load, interned 3 days a week and worked weekends while still managing to have fun and work out regularly
How will your strengths positively impact the organization
Here’s where you can align the job description research to your strengths
I noticed that the job description requires someone that demonstrates commitment and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; I feel as though my commitment to my studies and internship and ability to adjust schedules to accommodate work, studies, etc. demonstrates that I can easily pivot as needed.
Be comfortable identifying areas where you would like grow
For example, I love to learn and am willing to invest my own time into learning to fulfill the requirements of this position
If you haven’t read Strengths Finder, I highly recommend you do.
Create your own strength inventory sheet to help you perfect your
How long have they been working at the company
Review their previous job experience
Do you know any of the same people
Do you share anything in common? Groups, sports, college, demographic, etc.
Glassdoor (good/bad reviews)
Be 100% confident with your response to “tell me about yourself”
Verbal and written communications should clearly and positively display your enthusiasm and interest in the position/company
Display eagerness and curiosity to learn more about the company
Reinforce your strengths concisely and honestly
What you say matters
Know your facts
Equally, what you don’t say can count against you
Be aware of your body language
Bring a copy of your resume, reference sheet, a clean note book and pen
Follow up with a formal thank you note after the interview
Practice your penmanship if need be
Be concise and express gratitude and interest
Find someone that you trust and role play the interview
Know your facts (dates and titles matter)
Find a technique that works to help you remember names/faces
Communication is key throughout the interview process
Be on Time and pay attention to time during the Interview
If for some reason outside of your control you are running late, call
Greet the receptionist and everyone you meet with a smile
Be courteous – please and thank you
Handshakes matter – practice
Non-verbal body language is equally important – be aware of yours and theirs!
Do not bring your own coffee, water to the interview – feel free to accept what they offer
If you are asked to join a group for dining or drinks, be aware that this is a situational interview and your behavior, ease of engaging with a group and your ability to manage the situation is all part of the interview process.
Mirror what they order; although, I will caution you about drinking alcohol during a situational interview.
Whatever you do, do not start eating before everyone gets their food.
In the end, always be yourself; this is your time to SHINE!