I’ve mentioned confidence going into an interview in a previous post. This idea will help you to have confidence that you are prepared to prove that you will be an asset to the company.
Jean Baur, a career counselor and author of Eliminated! Now What? Finding Your Way from Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience offers this tip in Appendix F – The Interview Map.
Here is what she has to say:
“The purpose of an interview map is to prepare you to “manage” the interview, or at least to include critical parts of your background in the interview process and to help you keep track of what you’ve covered with each interviewer.”
Taking this action will require some effort on your part, but it isn’t much if you are serious about your job search and it will be proof to the interviewer that you have put thought into how you will fit into their company based on the job posting and your research.
You can create a template in excel to use for each job/interview. At the top you will want to provide space for the name of the company and the name of the interviewer. You should consider a date field as well. Below this, you will have 2 columns – the first is Key Components of Position and the second is My Matching Accomplishments. Fill in the details below these headers.
At the bottom, you can put in your expected questions, based on “When It’s Your Turn – Interview Questions for a Possible New Employer”. You can then print this page and keep track of the topics covered during the interview.
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