Opportunity of a lifetime

Do you have any advice for that one special “interview of a lifetime”?

Dear Jane,

I am now preparing  for a second-round interview for a regional talent development role with an extremely well-known internet brand.  Everything that I know about this company’s workplace and appreciation for HR makes me thrilled to be considered. Do you have any advice for that one special “interview of a lifetime”?

- Nervous and hopeful


 One word comes to mind: prepare!  If this is the interview of a lifetime, your preparation and practice will serve you well.  Research as much as you can about: the company, the people you’ll be meeting, whether they’ve given any interviews or talks, any new offices or research centres, any recent acquisitions or expansions, the CEO, and more. 

As it is the second round, also use the insights from your first round to formulate more insightful questions so that you sound more like an insider. Part of your preparation is to [once again] review the job description and your résumé. And of course, have questions prepared. You won’t be able to ask many, but have them prepared.

Based on your knowledge of the company and role, highlight strengths from your résumé that easily dovetail into what is required. 

It’s a conversation, not a grilling. The more prepared you are, the easier the flow of the interview, and the overall conversation, as you both learn something about each other.

Dr. Jane Horan is an expert in career transitions, unconscious bias and cross-cultural leadership. An internationally-recognised speaker, she is the author of "I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics", a business book used by corporate universities globally, and "How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations" to show new perspectives on leadership and careers, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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