More and more companies are using sequential interviews to find prospective employees. Many companies use 2,3 or even 4 separate interviews before making an official job offer to a candidate. Many sequential interview processes can last over the period of two or three months. Make the best impression on your interviewers by following these simple tips.
1) Knowing you did well in your first interview is great, but unlike conventional hiring practices, it is only the first step in the long hiring process of sequential interviews. You will need to make sure you aren’t just repeating yourself in the next one. Take an hour or two before the interview to think of different ways to showcase your skills. Instead of repeating yourself by saying: “I have great people skills” say something like “I have excellent communication skills with both clients and coworkers.” This small adjustment can help distinguish you from the other applicants.
2) Employers make their hiring decisions or recommendations very quickly in an interview. Sometimes qualifications can even take back seat to professionalism and personality. Most of the applicants are going to have similar skills and backgrounds, especially for better paying jobs. Go into your interview confident, hold your head up high and get genuinely excited about the prospect of working for their company. Employers don’t want to see nervous or quiet applicants; they want to see someone in control, professional, well spoken, and enjoyable to talk to. Don’t sell your qualifications because they will sell themselves. Instead focus on selling your personality.
3) Do your homework on the company you are interviewing at. Spend an hour or two doing a simple web search on the company, its history and anything else you can find that will prove to the interviewer that you care about the company, not just the job.
4) Be professional at all times. It is much better to be over-professional than to risk appearing unprofessional. If you get hired there will be plenty of time to chat around the water cooler. Your interview isn’t one of those times. Stay on topic, don’t swear, don’t use slang words or say anything negative about your past employers.
5) Another great tool for getting employers to remember you is by sending thank you letters. After each interview make sure to send a hand written thank you letter to the interviewer. Let them know you appreciate the opportunity to talk with them and that you hope to see them again soon. This is simply a bug in the employer’s ear to keep your name fresh while they wade through the rest of the applicants.
With unemployment rates jumping through the roof over the last few years, more and more people are looking for work. The sequential interview process is something that companies are starting to use ore frequently as the amount of applicants rises. Follow these few simple tips and you’ll be accepting a generous job offer in no time at all.