DEAR BG - Interview questions
This is a question that I received in my interview that I had trouble answering. The question was "what is your greatest challenge?" While we all have challenges, how do we answer this without selling ourselves short or sounding too big headed by saying that we don't/can't think of any challenges?
"You are going to always want to first be extremely authentic - things like "I am a perfectionist" just don't cut it. Maybe it was that you used to be scared of public speaking... that is real, that is authentic.. notice how I said “USED TO!” You would want to answer with "I used to struggle with ___ - I realized it was an issue and impacting my day-to-day, so I decided to make a change by ___. As a result, ___ happened." - Rachael Bozsik, CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
How should you differentiate what you say in your thank you email after an interview and your handwritten note? I don't want to be repetitive... any tips for what to put in one vs the other?
"Great question! It is okay to be repetitive. Chances are they won't see the hand-written card until 3 days after you send the email (and they get thousands of emails!) It is the thought that counts - thank them for their time, let them know you appreciate the opportunity and explain why you think you are a good fit.
Bonus if you put your business card in the thank you note!" - Rachael Bozsik CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls
I have a really important interview coming up and some suggestions I received was to be an expert at closing -- do you have any successful methods or tips to leaving a lasting impression?
"When leaving the space say something along the lines of... "Thank you for taking the time to connect with me today. I am extremely interested in this position and confident I can fulfill and exceed what you are looking for in a candidate based off of ........."
Don't forget send a thank you email within 3 hours of the interview to EVERYONE you met along with a handwritten thank you card within 24 hours." - Rachael Bozsik CEO + Founder
Written By: Samantha McNeil
Brand Girls Client + BG Blog Intern