Interviewing is an art form and practice makes progress
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By now you have found that the number of interviews you need to attend differs from company to company. Some companies make a hiring decision after the first interview. Some companies have several interviews and assessments before they can reach a hiring decision.
Don’t get discouraged by the number of interviews you need to attend for a specific role. Instead, be encouraged by the fact that you have made it through successive rounds. It is a good thing, it deserves celebrating and it brings you one step closer to landing your next opportunity. Or you may not have made it through to the next round, which is not something to lament?—?it may not be your ideal opportunity.
What types of interviews are there?
It is also important to be very aware of what each of the interviews has been designed to do. Ask your recruiter or HR Contact what the purpose of an interview is. Is the interview an overview of both the opportunity and your career history? Conversely, is the first discussion very technical with a panel of people interviewing you? The purpose of the interview could also be to put you under pressure by giving you a case study to see how you think on your feet! A good recruiter will tell you what the purpose of your interview is going to be. They will help you prepare for the interview and enable you to put your best foot forward. Granted, there will be scenarios that you can’t prepare for and some people thrive on these off the cuff situations.
Don’t be disgruntled if you feel like you didn’t perform well. A high pressured environment that is constantly changing may not be your cup of tea and the employer will try not to put you in a position that is not for you.
What to look out for when interviewing
Interviews in themselves are difficult on both sides, a company only has a couple of hours with a potential employee. Within that limited time frame, they need to make an informed decision. They need to arrive at a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision with very little time to do it in. It is important for them to find the right fit, but it is as much about you interviewing the client as it is about them interviewing you. You need to make sure that it is the right opportunity for you. A good recruiter will know what you are looking for and will put you in front of the right people at the right time.
There is the old adage that there is no such thing as a wasted interview. This is true. Every interview is an opportunity to either get you the position, help you make a decision or to help you practice your interviewing skills.
Final thoughts on Interviewing and the necessity thereof
Interviewing is an art form and it does get better with practice. Each interview is getting you one step closer to landing your next great job.