While networking is going to the best way of connecting with people who might have an interest in hiring you, quite often the next step in the overall process is to send them a resume or CV. What is a CV? CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and for most people you can consider a resume and CV to be the same thing. For more senior people or academics, the CV tends to be a longer more comprehensive document than a resume, which should be a short and impactful summary of your accomplishments and credentials.
So you have made the connection, submitted your resume and then you get "the call" to come in for a formal interview. Congratulations!
If you are like most people, the excitement of getting an interview is also accompanied by a bit of fear. I call this "show time" stress because it can feel like you are on stage and taking a verbal test where failure means not getting the job you want.
Whoa - slow down! The interviewing process is much more like a blind date than it is a test. It should be a process of discovery, an opportunity to seek common ground and to further establish the relationship you created by networking. It is not about failing but being honest about whether the job is right for you and you are right for the job.
Now I am not suggesting that it isn't a competitive process and that the process itself isn't flawed. It is both of these and knowing this should encourage you, not frighten you. To manage the fear and stoke the fire of your excitement, it is best to go into an interview confident and the best way of doing that is to be prepared. Check out these tips for how to "Nail That Interview".
Many organizations still use "behavioural based interview" questions in their process. It can be very helpful in getting a sense of how these work, by reading about some of the standard questions you are likely to be asked. In general, behavioural based interviews follow the STAR approach of Situation, Task, Action, Results so framing your responses in this way can help the interviewers "check the boxes".
Oh and if you get invited out to a lunch or dinner interview, you are also going to want to check out my tips on Business Etiquette.
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