Speed dating isn’t just for singles anymore. According to an article that appeared on CareerJounal.com yesterday, many companies are using a similar format to interview and hire top candidates. The rapid fire format allows companies to more easily compare one candidate to another while also decreasing their risk of losing great candidates that’s usually associated with a drawn out interview process that can sometimes take weeks or months. But what does this mean to you, the job seeker?
With traditional interviews, you have a chance to reflect on what went well and what you need to work so you can make any necessary adjustments before your next interview. The speed format doesn’t allow you that luxury. You have one shot to make a great impression. As a result, it’s even more important that you do your homework ahead of time. This means doing more than browsing the front page of their website. To prepare:
- learn as much about the company as you can (beyond a quick scan of their website),
- identify their competitors and research what’s going on in the industry,
- set up Google alerts to track news items prior to your interview,
- and talk to people in your existing network with ties to the company or the industry.
The timing of your follow up is critical. Some companies extend offers within hours of the interview. That means you’re going to send thank you emails shortly after you finish your interview even though you’re probably exhausted. To make your life easier, develop a general structure for your thank you beforehand. Then, during your interview, make note of a few key points you can reference to tailor your follow up to the recruiter.
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