I’m a new MBA grad who has secured an interview as marketing/sales manager for the regional office of a company that focuses on digital forensic reconstruction of accidents both mechanical and biological. I would be mainly dealing with the insurance adjusters and the attorney’s of the clients.
It sounds pretty intense and I feel blessed to even be considered and given a chance to interview with them. I will be up against some people with a lot more industry experience but I have age and energy on my side so we will see what happens. Do you have any tips pointers or anything that can be of use in preparing for the interview?
The Career Doctor responds:
- Be sure to thoroughly research the company and industry. Be prepared to answer such questions as:
- What do you know about [name of company]?
- Why do you want to work for [name of company]?
- What do you know about digital forensic reconstruction of accidents?
- Why do you want to work in the field of digital forensic reconstruction of accidents?
- Since the job is in marketing/sales you might be asked to “sell” something to the interviewer. A common trick is to hand you something like a pencil and ask you to sell it to the interviewer. So be prepared with what you would say in a sales pitch.
- Review commonly asked interview questions. Think about your responses; better yet write them down.
- Body-language/nonverbal stuff for the interview (see our article on the subject):
- Be enthusiastic
- Project your voice confidently
- Sit slightly forward in your chair to look eager