Here's the third installation in our series of posts designed to help folks prepare effectively for interviews. Keep in mind our equity orientation--for candidates, and for candidates to model that same equity approach for their prospective employers. Read on and learn with us.
7. Plan ahead. How will you get to the interview? How long will it take, how will you go? Consider planning out your transportation in order to determine what detours might be necessary. This way, you will embrace being on time, and be respectful of your interviewer and their time, as well. Of course, all this preparation may feel a bit silly, but an obstacle on the way may create a bottleneck in your plans that will limit your time to shine with your prospective employer. And if it’s a virtual interview, consider your location, any background noise or distractions, and make sure you have good lighting.
8. Clarify the timeline. This is an opportunity to show that you’re noticing how they’ve designed their process, and that you’re holding them accountable for their adherence to that timeline. Consider asking them to share more about their timeline, and if there are any obstacles that may interfere. By asking, you are clarifying that you expect to hear from them regularly, that you do expect them to be clear and communicative and responsible, and that you don’t expect them to ghost you. If they are not able to structure an effective, responsible timeline, or adhere to deadlines that they have established, or they ghost you, that is an important indicator that they are not looking at their own process with an equity lens or as compassionate, thoughtful employers.
9. Use LinkedIn to your full advantage. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated, accurate, looks good and reads like a resume. Many of us forget how we look to others in this space: attempt to read it with an eye toward how a prospective employer might view your profile. Employers and recruiters use LinkedIn all the time to search for candidates with the required skills and experience set, so even if it’s not useful for this interview, it will certainly be useful in the future. Consider how a prospective employer may use LinkedIn to view your work with an equity lens, by thinking about what is present and what might be missing in your experience and potential in the role. Tailor your profile toward that potential, not just your experience.