Entrepreneur Interviews (The job search is over but the interviews are starting)
Although your job search may be at an end, the interview process is far from over. Whether you are applying for financing from a bank, venture capitalist or asking family for a loan it’s important to understand how interviews work and what best practices to adopt for success. These tips take you from what to wear to which documents to bring help you prepare for the best interviews of your life.
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The Job Search Is Over But The Interviews Are Starting
By Helen Hirsh Spence and Debra Yearwood
Although your job search may be at an end, the interview process is far from over. Whether you are applying for financing from a bank, venture capitalist or asking family for a loan it’s important to understand how interviews work and what best practices to adopt for success.
It’s extremely important to stay positive, upbeat and enthusiastic about your new enterprise. In fact, conveying passion authentically and having the right attitude will be important and appealing to potential lenders. The following walks you through what to keep in mind no matter the interview scenario.
Do Your Research
Prepare for your interview with a deep understanding of what will be needed during the interview.
Practice, practice, practice. Practice will make you sound more professional and coherent.
Do a trial run with a friend. This will help to reduce nerves and better prepare you for the interview.
Know Where You’re Going
It seems like an obvious thing to know, but it’s amazing how often people arrive late for appointments because they did not determine in advance exactly where they were going. Always try to arrive at least 5-10 minutes early as it will give you a chance to assess the environment and understand the dynamics of the situation.
If you are arriving by car, make sure you know where parking is available.
Determine the best route and means of transportation to get to your interview in advance.
If your interview is during rush hour, calculate that extra time.
Dress for Success
We are highly visual creatures and clothes can influence not only how we are perceived, but how we perceive ourselves. A study done in 2012 reflects the incredible bias clothes can have on our behaviour. In the study participants were given a white coat to wear. One group was told that the coats belonged to doctors. They subsequently were more alert and attentive. The