As a manager or executive you are probably well rehearsed in the role of interviewer. You know what questions to ask and you are able to quickly assess candidates after just one meeting.
But what happens when the tables have turned and you find yourself looking for a new role?
In part 1 of our discussion we laid out the first three things you need to consider when re-entering the interview arena. Here are the final three.
Allow the Interviewer to Run the Show (But Be Fully Engaged, Of Course)
Coming from being an interviewer to a setting such as this, it may be instinctual to try to take charge of the interview. Be cognizant that this is their interview to conduct, but at the same time don’t be a doormat.
At the end of the day, realize it is a conversation. Of course, answer questions when asked but don’t be afraid to speak at other times when applicable. Give the person the freedom to lead the interview while realizing it is an open discussion.
Make Yourself Appealing Through Storytelling
When we tell stories, it allows us to establish a connection with our audience. Before and within the interview consider where you may be able to tell a story. It can be about your interest in that organization or an account of a time you used an applicable skill to achieve something. Having a relevant story that establishes an emotional connection could be the final push you need to land the job.
Follow Up with an Immediate Thank-You Email
With a busy schedule, there’s a good chance you’re cramming an interview into an already crazy day. Great job making the time to be there, but make sure you leave a few more minutes once you get back to write a well-thought-out thank you email. Make sure you are authentic and send an email to every person you interviewed with if there were multiple interviewers.
If it has been a while, switching from interviewer to interviewee may seem strange and awkward.
This is ok and once you get going you may find joy in taking part in an interview from a new perspective.