Great News – I got an interview!!! Give me tips!

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

When they ask if you have any questions, make sure you ALWAYS have questions.  I always ask, “what are you looking for in the successful candidate?”  Then I explain exactly how I fit the bill in all the ways they just mentioned. 

Make sure you get their names/cards to follow up with a thank you email right after the interview.

 

Post # 3
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2074 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Be confident and strong.  Lean a little bit forward when talking, and maintain an upbeat attitude and eye contact. Make sure you are wearing a skirt suit. 3 VPs will be in suits and you should be as well. Practice sitting in a skirt (the duchess slant) 

I always bring in a note pad with me with pre written questions on it, so I make sure I know what to ask. Also make sure you have extra copies of your resume in there and a place to store their buisness cards (ask for a card if they don’t give you one). Not sure if one of the panel will be your direct supervisor but if so make you you ask what will be expected of the role, how you will be evaluated in the role, what they consider a successful job to look like, etc. If it is upper level VPs at your current company you can still ask what will be expected in the role. If it is a different company ask about the culture, etc. You want to make sure you are a good fit. Oh and my secret weapon question at the end: “Is there anything you heard here today that would make you hesitant in offering me this position?” Then if they say something give them a good response! 

Make sure you follow up within 24hrs with thank you notes (PM me if you need a template). Otherwise, just rock it!! 

Post # 5
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2074 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

happiekrappie :  3 seperate e-mails for sure!! DO NOT copy them all on the same e-mail

Post # 7
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806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

Control your speech.

Slow it down if you know you’re a nervous chatterer. Also, be aware of any speech quirks you have and try to control those. For example, my coworker has a habit of using the phrase ‘in all honesty’ in nearly every other sentence. It gets worse when she’s nervous. If you do something like that, just take some time and actively practice not using them. 

Be well prepared and fully researched about the position. Nothing worse than when I have to interview someone who is obviously not prepared (which doesn’t sound like the OP at all, btw).

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

Congrats on the interview!

I agree about having questions for them. At the interview for my current job, I asked: “What would you expect the successful applicant to accomplish or produce within their first six months in the position?” I like to think that this showed I was planning to hit the ground running. 

I think it’s also a good idea to ask as your last question what their timeline is for making a decision. This may also reveal if a second interview round is planned etc.

A few other random things I remember I did that may not have meant anything:

– My interview was with two people, so while answering questions I made sure to make eye contact with each person at some point and not just the person who asked the question.

– When asked a multipart question, I reiterated the first part and answered, then reiterated the next part and answered, so that I didn’t forgot to address all parts.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

happiekrappie :  Print out at least 5 resumes. And honestly regular paper is fine for an internal interview, as the interviewers will probably take notes on them. 

Post # 10
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742 posts
Busy bee

WWWWWHF!!!!!

Who, what, when, where, why, how and follow up. 

For any scenario based question you get asked, use the method above to respond. For example if they were to ask you about a time you had a disagreement at work, you cannot just give some vague story you should be very specific. The best interview advice I ever received was to use the WWWWWHF method! When answering the question, you simply go down the list in order to get as much detail as humanly possible in your answers. When I used to interview I would write down these letters at the top of my note page, and I would glance at it while answering. What this did for me was allow me to ensure I gave as much detail as possible, if I was answering a question I would glance at these letters and I would instantly remember that I forgot to include the “how” or the “follow up”. This was super helpful for me. 

GOOD LUCK!!!

Post # 11
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754 posts
Busy bee

If you have a sense of humour, use it wisely.

Other than that, the other Bees have already set you up for success.

Good luck!!! 

yell <– that’s me screamin’, “go gyrl!!!”

Post # 12
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6603 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

steny03 :  Also, be aware of any speech quirks you have and try to control those.

This is a REALLY good point.  I have a coworker who says “you know” so much that I’ve thought about making tally marks when in meetings with her.  Then I was watching #walkaway videos (off topic but everyone should, interesting points made) and noticed a LOT of people were doing the same.  It’s very, very irritating.  I think it’s a habit people are slowly developing, the way everyone said “like” in the 80s, but it’s a terrible habit and tends to make people sound like dumbasses.

Post # 13
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11651 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

happiekrappie :  Yay girl! I’m 100% confident in you, so my only advice on top of PPs is to be yourself. The person you are here: smart, hardworking, strong, kind, and fair, is 100% what most employers want. 

Walk in, Shake their hands, make eye contact, let them see how confident you are that you can solve their problem. 

You are so good at doing that in your life, now it’s being recognized and you’re getting opportunities because of it. (A good application of these skills)

rememeber, they have a need and they’re hoping you can fix the problem. 

Post # 14
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640 posts
Busy bee

Breathe. I’m a very fast talker and keeping steady, even breaths helps me slow it down but not so much that I feel weird about it.

A strong handshake. I’m a 5’3″ WOC with Trump sized hands and I have recieved so many compliments on what a strong and confident handshake I have. Make eye contact and smaile genuinely and leave them with a great first impression. 

As for the skirt, practice the duchess slant. Make Kate and Meghan proud!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Think about what questions you think they might ask and think in advance about what your answers would be. You don’t want to sound rehearsed so you shouldn’t memorize full sentences or anything like that. But have some ideas of things you may be talking about, and practice talking about them until you can do it comfortably and fluently. You might even have someone ask you questions so you can practice actually answering them out loud. Personally, I like to practice answering out loud to myself, sometimes in front of a mirror.

Think about a bunch of scenarios that have demonstrated your skills in various areas and have them ready to talk about, in case they ask things like “tell us about a time you had to deal with a difficult customer” or “tell us about a time you had a project not go well and what would you do differently”. Even if they don’t specifically say “tell us about a time”, providing concrete examples is always better – it demonstrates your thinking process and what you can to better than you just saying that you do it.

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