Research Your Interviewer – just try not to be too creepy
The Successful Interview – It’s not just about You!
Congratulations! You’re invited to interview. Now what? As experts, we can prepare you with a list of likely questions. We can also conduct a mock interview to give you feedback on your content and approach. While the content of your answers is important, how you speak to the specific interviewer can also have a significant positive (or negative) impact.
Get to Know the Interviewer
It is important to know who is interviewing you so that your answers can take into account their background and position (admissions, student or alumni). This will also help you become more relaxed while speaking with someone you don’t know. Find out from Admissions who will be interviewing you. Then see what you can about their professional background and personal interests. Check them out on LinkedIn and search their name on the Internet and the school’s website.
Even if you cannot do this ahead of time, ask the interviewer if they can tell you about their own background before starting the interview. People typically respond well when you take an interest in them, and the insights you gain can make your answers more interesting and compelling.
Be Confident, but Humble
You are a goal-oriented achiever, so it’s important to convey with credibility that you are confident, ambitious, intelligent and accomplished. But remember, at some level, that will be true about anyone invited to interview. Since only some candidates will get in, you will want to connect personally with your interviewer and be someone that they really want to see at their school.
In addition to the talents, accomplishments and recognition that make you a budding business superhero, interviewers are looking for candidates who can work with, learn from and teach others. They will be trying to judge if you are a good fit for the school’s community and recognize what you can contribute. Importantly, this means that you need to balance your superpowers by being humble, likeable, engaging and a good listener.