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Are you a list person? IMG_4877

I’m a post-it and scribble person (I had to attach this picture from a few months ago because if you saw my desk right now you’d worry about me!).

The notes help me get my thoughts out. However, there are occasions when I’ve wished for a simple checklist with nothing more and nothing less than what I need to do.

As I mentioned last week, I’m on a mission to provide you with all the tools necessary to make a career change whenever that time may be. This week I’m sharing one of the resources reserved for my 1 on 1 clients that’s proven helpful.

Most of us will change jobs between 7 and 12 times in our careers so this might just come in handy one day!

As a VP for a Fortune 500 international recruiting firm for 10 years, I’ve got some insider knowledge to share. Both as a recruiter and as someone who’s interviewed hundreds of people for internal positions, there are some easy steps you can take to prepare for your interview, nail the interview and score a perfect follow up.

I’ve also surveyed hiring managers and fellow recruiters and have put together a great list.

Do you ever walk out of an interview or meeting and wish you’d gotten the chance to say something? Something important that you just know would’ve made a difference? Yeah, I’ve been there too.

Here’s the deal: There are many types of interviewers so this won’t cover everything that everyone wants from you but it’s pretty close. For example, you may interview with an HR assistant whose job is basically to make sure you can read and that you’re shirt isn’t on backwards. Not much to prepare for there!

Then you have the big wigs whose job isn’t to interview either but they’re just sure they know what they’re doing. It’s hard to know what they’ll be after without some insider scoop.

And this is one of the reasons why the interview process is so flawed- if you interview with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, you don’t have the opportunity to share how you’re a fit for the job and why they should hire you.

So regardless of the person with whom you’re interviewing, use this checklist! It’ll ensure you’re prepared and are providing everything you need to, whether you’re asked you or not.


Here it is again: Interview Checklist

A few tips as you make your way through the checklist:

Yes, some of these are “no duh” reminders. You’d be surprised at how often the most qualified person forgets to bring resume copies!

While reviewing these questions is really helpful, don’t overly prepare. It’s weird. There, I said it. Know what you want to get across but be as authentic as possible in your delivery.

Giving your references a heads up is an insider trick. Interviewers take it as a negative sign when your references don’t call back quickly. Strange but true.

Interviewers can be touchy people. Often they love talking to others but you never know what kind of day they’re having or if their last interview was a narcissistic know-it-all who took up twice as much time as scheduled talking about himself, thereby throwing off the interviewer’s entire day.

So be sure to know their name, to be on time and to have all your boxes checked. This simple preparedness and normalcy can be all it takes to get the offer!

Remember to relax and be yourself.

An interview is a chance for you to feel it out, too; to see if this is the place and job where you want to spend your time. Consider if you really can be successful in this role and if it’ll take you closer to your goals.

Remember, it’s not about “winning” the job; it’s about making the best decision for you right now. Think on your feet and answer candidly.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this!

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Got an interview coming up? Not getting call backs after your interview? I’m here to help! Email me here for a FREE consultation!

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