As I go higher into the corporate ranks, I learn that the interview process becomes both longer and less certain.
No longer do I see the exact pay they are offering, they are vague about it till the actual job offer comes. I have to go through more interviews. Sometimes I don’t even know where the job is until I get fairly far into the interview process. Also, I don’t even know if they are passing me farther into the process, except by subtle cues! However, this is the best way to be paid more, especially if you are currently working in entry level customer service and want to get a better job.
Tips and Revelations to get you through Corporate Interviews:
The people hiring you often want to hire you as much as you want to be hired by them. Your job is to make them see you’ll be a good person to work with. So be personable and try to relax as much you can while staying professional.
If you get to the interview and they are already talking about dress code, corporate culture, travel requirements, and where the company is going in the next year or so, that’s a very good sign. They are interested in you.
It’s especially good if you can get them laughing a bit! Smiles are good to see. Keep a gently cheerful expression on your face. A good thing to do during the wait before the interview is a little deep breathing. Think about cheerful things that always make you smile.
It’s a bit stressful for the interviewer too, they are just as human as you are. That’s the number one reason not to be too nervous.
Do a little research on the company – glassdoor.com is pretty good for this – so you know how much salary to ask for in your area.
Wear a conversation piece with your interview clothes. For instance, I wore a black skirt, black blouse, royal purple jacket, and a simple pendant. However, the pendant was a piece of opal that grew inside quartz and is captured in a silver setting. So even though it was understated, it was interesting, and has helped people remember me. Simple and classic clothes are best whether you’re a man or a woman.
Stand up straight, look people in the eye, and act like you are comfortable there. Don’t be informal but at the same time tell yourself “I belong here. I will work here.” It helps.
I am writing these tips because I have just gotten through several successful interviews and have gotten myself a $3.50 an hour raise with at least three companies wanting me to work for them. If you have other tips for potential interviews, post them here!