Your resume is perfect and you got the interview. What's next?
An interview is a chance for the employer and the candidate to get to know each other. This is a mutually beneficial process. The employer is trying to gauge the candidate’s interest level and skills and abilities to do the job. We encourage you to use the interview to identify whether the employer meets your needs, interests, and work environment preferences.
- Research the organization.
- Know the role for which you applied.
- Familiarize yourself with the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
- Practice makes perfect!
Many interviews are conducted in-person. However, as technology is changing and making us more accessible, we are adapting to the needs of busy professionals. We encourage you to be ready to interview in a variety of ways. These could include via phone, video/webcam, or panel interview.
While we can’t give you the keys to the castle . . . we can share a few insights into the type of interviews we conduct. We leverage behavior based interviewing. We use this approach to gather specific examples of how you have developed the required skill set for the job.
Examples might be:
- Tell me about a time…
- Give me an example…
- Describe a situation…
Be sure to answer in the START method – Situation/Task/Action/Result/Take-Away (basically tell us the story).
Prepare questions to ask your interviewer. We encourage you to ask us questions, too. You are interviewing us just as much as we are interviewing you. Best practice is to have 3-5 questions to ask to your recruiter, hiring manager, or potential co-workers.
Closing an Interview:
- Restate why you are the best candidate for the position.
- Ask for a business card so you can follow up (yes, a thank you note).
- Ask about next steps. Will there be another interview? What is the timeframe of them making a decision?
Reasonable Accommodation Request:
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to our employees and applicants for employment at First National Bank. We want to ensure that individuals with disabilities enjoy equal access to all employment opportunities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Interviewing Technical Assistance:
If you are invited to do a video interview using our Interview Stream tool, you can access technical assistance by emailing email@example.com or by calling Toll Free (USA ONLY) 1-877-773-3164 and Toll Free (International) 0011 1 -877-773-3164.