Interviewing advice

Inventory your assets

If you had a business, you would probably inventory your assets before putting it on the market. The same is true in the interview process. It’s important to know what you can bring to the new company before the interviewer asks you, so take some time to self-inventory and quantify your skills and accomplishments.

Before the interview, ask yourself:

  • What do you want to do for the rest of your life?
  • What can you offer that the next interviewee can’t?

Put your answers in writing, and be detailed. Keeping a record of your goals, skills and accomplishments will help you think ahead about some of the issues you’ll have to discuss at your interview. It can also serve as a long-term tool to help you plan and track your career.

Know where you're going-and what steps you need to take

Have a plan for your job search and put it in writing, listing your most important goals. Keep in mind that long-term goals are only a series of short-term goals. If it is your goal to run a major organization, chances are you’ll need to go through the ranks to get there.

Be ready to embrace change. Interviewing itself is change. The only sure thing in the business world, or in life for that matter, is change. Prospective employers are looking for people who are flexible and capable of dealing with change.

Don’t allow rejection to defeat you. Once you’ve decided to change your career, you need to be prepared to face rejection, and it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t get that first offer. Look at rejection as a learning experience, in which you hone your skills at marketing yourself and zeroing in on your goals.

Be prepared

Being prepared for the interview is essential to getting an offer. The successful candidate will have researched the company and the position, presented a stellar résumé and entered the interview with a clear strategy.