I’m on the other side of the table now but when I was interviewing I’d get job offers over 90% of the time. Here are some of the things I did:

Do your Research

Before the interview I’d do as much research on the company and position as possible. I’d research the company website, if they are a publicly traded company I’d do research on their annual reporting to their shareholders. If I knew my bosses name I’d research them on LinkedIn to see if someone in my network knew them. If someone knew them then I’d reach out to my friend or relative and I’d ask about them and ask for them to put in a good word for me. If I know someone inside the company I’d ask them about the company and about the role I was interviewing so I could ask some good questions.

Calm Down Your Nerves

On the day of the interview I’d make sure to eat something a few hours before the interview to calm down my nerves. I’d show up 30 minutes early to ensure all the things that can go wrong like a traffic accident are accounted for. I would make sure I know where to park and often times I’d do a dry run to ensure I know exactly where the building is located.

Be Gracious

During the interview I’d give a firm handshake, I’d smile during the introduction, I’d make eye contact with everyone interviewing me, when I’d make a mistake answering a question I would apologize and be gracious. When they ask me if I had any questions I’d pull out my notes and ask them three of four questions that weren’t already answered during the course of the interview.

Follow Up

After the interview is completed, I’d collect their business cards or get their addresses so I could follow up with a Thank You note. I’d make eye contact and smile again and end with a strong verbal, “Thank You, I really appreciate your time and the opportunity.”

Send Thank you Card

The next day I’d send the Thank you Card, I’d follow up with the recruiter or contact person that coordinated the interview with the question, “When can I expect a response, yes or no or next steps?”

Follow Up until you get an answer

I’d follow up again one week later and try to get a response “Yes” or “No”. If I receive a “No” response I’d try to ask them where my gaps were and thoughts on how I could do better next time I interview. This way I’m developing my skill of becoming a better interviewee.

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Experience by Sid Kato shared on Quora – The knowledge sharing platform


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