Interviewing can be stressful, whether it be for a new job or even if it’s informational and you’re just hoping to learn more about a company. Lydia Fenet, author of THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE ROOM IS YOU, shares her tips to killing your interview.
I cannot tell you how many informational interviews I have given where the person sitting across from me/calling me on the phone has no idea what I do. Moreover, they don’t seem to know why they are calling me and have not spent any time preparing for the meeting. Half the time, after leaving these types of informational interviews, I can’t even remember their name by the time I put down my phone or get back to my desk. So here are three tips to help you make a memorable impression:
#1. Take a call or walk into our meeting with a list of relevant questions.
Show me that you know what my company does and what I do in my role, and that you have spent more than two seconds researching what is happening in my field.
#2. Tell me in an articulate way what you have been busy doing up to this point in your life.
Give me an interesting anecdote or two that will help me remember you in future meetings (e.g., you just traveled across Europe and never want to stay in a hostel again; you grew up in a family with six siblings and therefore are very good at resolving conflicts; you love trying new restaurants but went to one last night and do not go there because you saw a mouse).
#3. Be efficient with your time and with my time.
Show up a few minutes early so that the meeting starts when it is supposed to start. Be cognizant of the time scheduled for the meeting so that you can wrap it up in the allotted time with a final question. If I am enjoying the conversation, I will always extend it, but it is nice to know that someone is aware of the fact that I may have another meeting directly after ours.
The Most Powerful Woman in the Room does her homework before emailing, taking a meeting, or making a call when she is networking. She should know as much as she possibly can about the company and the person she is contacting, and should even have an agenda set for the cold call that she is making that shows she is prepared, efficient, and respectful of others’ time.
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