BY DANA ARDI
IF YOU WANT THAT
JOB, MASTER THE INTERVIEW
Mastering the art
and skill of a job interview is the first key to success in the networked
economy. An interview is a targeted dialogue that helps the employer
and the candidate get to know each other, discuss the opportunity and
the company’s culture. It’s the first and most critical step in defining
the role and responsibilities of the position.
Success in a job
interview requires planning, research, intuition and action. Here are
a few steps you can take to improve your chances of getting hired.
- Read about the
company you’re considering, talk to people in the industry and do
all you can to learn about the organization. Get a sense of the company’s
performance, beliefs, attitudes and realities.
- Explore everything
from the existing press and marketing materials to the style of dress.
- Ask for bios
on individuals you will meet during your interview.
- Be early and
prepared. Develop a list of targeted questions to show you’ve spent
- This is a prime
opportunity to understand the company’s business, strategy, and competitive
position and its challenges.
- Prepare a detailed
description of your background and experiences, your strengths and
weaknesses, your accomplishments and successes, and areas where you
need to gain skill and expertise.
- Be sure the company
defines a clear vision for the position. Measure the position against
your capabilities and competencies.
- Understand the
corporate culture. Do they value growth and employee development?
Do they value creativity and innovation? Do they welcome diversity?
Is it a learning organization?
- At the end of
your interview ask about the hiring process. How will they make their
- Follow-up with
a note, E-mail or phone call. Continue your dialogue if new questions
or concerns occur to you.
- Know your rights
during an interview. There are personal subjects that are legally
off limits during the interview process.
- Know what you’re
worth. Usually there will be a discussion of compensation after a
successful interview or at a follow-up interview. Seek out advisers
who can help you understand going rates and industry standards.
is a skill, and the more experience you have the better you will become
- Remember the
interview is the best place to get and give information that will
be critical in making your decision and defining your future.