According to Harvard Business School professor Theresa Amabile, the most effective middle managers provide clear goals and have a solid understanding of how individual efforts contribute to a company’s success.
So, if middle management is the next step in your career, how can you best prepare for your upcoming job interview? Consider these four steps:
- Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the company, the job and the industry.
- Comb the company’s web site, and use Google, LinkedIn and other on-line resources to gather information.
- Don’t hesitate to contact your potential employer to request details on the position. This illustrates your commitment, intelligence and planning ability.
- Hone your interview skills. Just like fine tuning your golf swing or mastering a new piece on the piano, practice makes perfect.
- Recruit a friend and role play. Critique yourself afterwards, do it again and make it better.
- Use audio and video recording. Reviewing your mock interviews is a great way to see how you did.
- Make a list of potential interview questions, as well as your responses. Be sure your answers highlight your career experiences, success stories and achievements.
- Behavioral interviewing is increasingly common. This technique is based on the premise that a candidate’s past performance is indicative of his or her future business success. So think of specific examples where you have effectively used the skills you’ve acquired and made value-added contributions.
- List the questions you want to ask. Remember, you aren’t simply trying to get the job. You’re assessing whether or not the position and the company will be a good career fit for you.
- Dress for success. Part of your research of company culture should be to determine the customary dress code of your potential new workplace. On the day of your interview, make your attire just slightly dressier that what you’d expect from your interviewer.
- Keep in professional. Wear a well-tailored outfit in a conservative color. Make sure your hair and nails are professionally groomed and your jewelry and cologne or perfume are kept to a minimum. Look polished, but be sure you’re comfortable with your clothing and appearance. If you look good, you feel good and perform well.
- Greet your interviewer with confidence. Use a firm handshake and make eye contact. Be courteous and speak clearly and at a moderate pace.
- Conclude your interview with a verbal thank you – and send a written or email thank you as follow up. Not only is this common courtesy, but it also provides you the opportunity to follow up, as you can conclude your note with the message that “I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.”
You also may want to consider a career coach to help you prepare for your middle management interview. For more information on this and other components of your job search toolbox, contact the experts at Alternative Staffing Today!