Our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department recently hosted a "Breaking In" workshop for current students and alumni. These 4 Top Tips For Interviewing were provided by MSPP Organizational Psychology Alumni, Marge Dupere and Dennis Woodruff.
- Do your homework: Prior to any meeting, be it an interview or networking meeting, know what is going on at the organization you are targeting. Best exercise is to write out a report for yourself, including a summary of key strengths and challenges for that organization, and questions you would like to ask of those with whom you are meeting.
- Information interviewing works: Get out there and find out more about the discipline in which you would like to work (such as Org Behavior or Leadership Development), the sector you would like to work (biotech, non-profit, healthcare, etc.). If you are uncomfortable meeting first with your prime target, get to know their competitors. You will add serious value to the discussion once you land the "big one"; the interview that matters.
- Leverage what you know: If you are changing careers or targeting an adjacent field, build on what you know whether that is sector or subject matter expertise. For example, if you worked in financial services (in a finance/accounting role) then seek an OD role in that sector and build on/sell what you know about that business and audience.
- Believe in and be confident in what you learned at MSPP: As discussed, there is rigor in your degree and/or certificate that many working in the field may not possess. Learn how to communicate that value proposition in a succinct and compelling way, and in the interest of the decision maker.