Interviews are nerve wracking. The stress of being in the spotlight can turned a seasoned pro into that scared little 1st grader who has to walk in front of the class and approach the board. The palms start sweating, the leg starts tapping and you want to either throw up or run away.
One of the things I always tell candidates is that the interview is a two-way street. Sure, they are going to grill you about what you’ve done and what you can do for them, but candidates should ask the tough questions too. Come prepared to ask what the company can do for you. What growth opportunities can they offer? Does the company promote from within? Do they offer tuition reimbursement for classes or certifications related to your career path? What is the company’s 5-year growth plan and how does this role play a part in that plan?
Going into the interview with the mindset of “I’m interviewing them” can help calm the nerves and set you up for an interview where you show the confidence you have in yourself and your skills. That confidence just may lead to an offer.
By Megan Cashion | People Science Talent Advisor II