(Closed) Finally have an interview

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yay! Congrats!

Post # 4
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I know a few people who started out as a bank teller or something similar and ended up moving up within the company. That could totally happen for you.

Have you done much interviewing before?

Post # 6
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@bridalblush:  Even though I’ve done a good bit of it, interviewing always makes me nervous, too.

Something to remember throughout is that banks are very conservative places. Keep that in mind when you’re dressing for your interview, etc. Don’t wear flashy colors or be too expressive with hair/makeup/jewelry.

What position are you applying for? Do some research before you go and make sure you understand the company and where you’d fit in.

Practice answers to some standard questions before you go — tell me about yourself; what are your strengths and weaknesses; where do you see yourself in five years; how have your work/schoolwork prepared you for this position?

I’m sure there will be some questions more tailored to the banking industry, too. But you can’t really practice those.

Try to think up at least three questions before you go. Asking questions shows interest and it makes the interview two-sided not just one-sided. You can ask about the key strengths your interviewer believes the ideal candidate for the job should have, and then talk about where/how you have those strengths. You can ask about a typical day in the job. You can ask what might be the challenges of the job and then speak a bit to how you’d overcome them.

Bring your resume and references again just in case. If you have a portfolio/padfolio of some kind that can fit a legal pad, bring it. Feel free to take notes as long as it doesn’t take your attention away from your interviewer. A trick is that you can make notes on the legal pad ahead of time to remind you of the questions you are going to ask.

Eye contact is good. Try not to fidget (I fidget and have to make myself sit still sometimes).

When the interview is over, reaffirm your interest and a couple of key points for why you think it’s a good fit. Send a thank-you note afterward. A thank-you by snail mail is the best, but you could also send an email in addition because email is quick. But I don’t think I’d replace snail mail with email. A real thank-you card (professional) will make you stand out.

Most of all, just breathe. Smile. Remember that they already like you — that’s why you’re interviewing — so be confident!

Post # 7
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

P.S. Your interview is also a great place to express the drive you have to grow within the company. They’ll love to hear that!

Post # 9
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@bridalblush:  I just finished my master’s back in June so I was interviewing last spring. So it’s all still pretty fresh!

When is your interview?

Post # 11
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Yeah, I was lucky to secure a job within the month between finishing my master’s and our wedding. Talk about being relieved going into the wedding/honeymoon! I’ve been at my current job for about 7.5 months now — I’m a marketing communications manager for a consulting company.

That’s great that you heard back so quickly! That’s a good sign. 🙂 And you still have a couple of days to prepare for your interview. So exciting!

Post # 13
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Thanks! Best of luck to you! Please keep me posted. 🙂

Post # 16
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mail a thank-you card, it will help you stand out! :). Glad you got the interview so quick too.

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