Mike Schoettle, author of Career Change Guide, wants to help you make a successful career change at any age. These are Mike Schoettle’s recommended actions from Section 3 of his career change book. One of the things he teaches you in this section is how to prepare for a career change interview. Interviewing for a company when changing career has it its own set of challenges, which he prepares you for. Learn from Mike how to prepare for a career change interview, and more.
Interviews with potential employers are the most important activities for joining the right organization.
How to Prepare for a Career Change Interview
Career Change Guide Preview: Recommended Actions following Chapter 9 – Interview Preparation
Do your homework on the organization before your first interview.
- Try to talk to someone who has knowledge of the group you would be joining.
- Go online to the organization’s website and Google, LinkedIn, Indeed, Glass Door, or other websites.
Develop a list of questions that will enable you to get a good sense of the job and people there. Ask about:
- The job responsibilities, deliverables, and issues.
- How the job relates to other positions in the organization.
- Recent history of the organization and the job.
- Your interviewers’ feelings about working there.
Prepare for likely questions you may be asked, such as:
- Your relevant experience for the job.
- Reasons for job and career changes.
- Challenges you have faced and how you handled them.
Update what you have learned about the compensation range for someone with your capabilities and experience.
Recommended Actions following Chapter 10 – The Classic Job Interview
Prepare for the interview by learning all you can about:
- The organization and its people.
- The role of those whom you will be meeting.
- The compensation level or range.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask.
- Prepare answers to questions you might be asked.
Call the office of the interviewer a day or two before the Interview and confirm:
- The time and place of the interview.
- The names and titles of those you will meet.
- The logistics for parking and where to meet.
- The organization’s dress code.
Prior to the interview:
- Learn about the organization and people there.
- Compare your qualifications with the job’s.
- Prepare a list of questions.
- Review answers to questions you might be asked.
In the interview:
- Focus on the interviewer’s questions.
- Keep your answers short and factual.
- Get a sense of the peoples’ values and culture.
- Refer to your list and ask about something on it.
- Find out the compensation level set for the job.
- Express interest in the job and joining the organization.
After the interview:
- Ask yourself what you have learned and how you feel about:
- The people, job, and organization?
- What you think the next steps are, if any.
- Write or email the interviewer thanking him/her.
- If you have not heard from the employer after a week, call your contact and ask where your candidacy stands.
Recommended Actions following Chapter 11 – Other Interview Situations
For each meeting:
- Consider how you can best prepare yourself given the context and format of each meeting.
- As with any interview, learn as much as you can beforehand about who you will be meeting, the organization and job.
- Present yourself in the context of the job.
- Follow up appropriately.