Interview: Preparing Is Also A Proactive Process
Many times, we don’t consciously think about what we need to do to prepare for an interview until we get the call that an employer wants to talk to us about a job opening.Then all hell breaks loose. It’s a mad scramble to pull together documents and read up about a company to be as up-to-speed as possible before heading in.
Interviews are undoubtedly one of the most difficult steps in the entire job search process.
But as a person who actively manages your career, your goal is to be keeping those target companies within your sights for much longer time than a explicit job posting period.
Being conscious of which specific companies that would be desirable places to work can help you become ingrained in their culture, values, needs, challenges, and opportunities far in advance of target job opening.
The idea is that by the time you actually sit down with the employer, you are ready to have an engaging, informed conversation. You won’t be thinking about the fact that you want the job. You’ll be more interested in a give-and-take discussion that is really a business meeting. And that’s exactly how well-prepared career managers see interviews taking place.
Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is a Certified Advanced Résumé Writer and the president of Portland, Ore.-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services. Clients from across the United States and Canada and from all career levels have benefited from Dawn’s highly-focused and results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Many professional groups as well as colleges and universities have appreciated the insights and expertise she shares during presentations on career management topics, and she is a frequently requested national speaker as a result.