There’s no real manual to business, but everyone in it an arsenal of tricks to acing interviews and meetings. Founder of ‘House & Home Magazine’, Lynda Reeves, self-made mogul. Kelsey Ramsden and CIBC personal finance expert, Jamie Golombek share industry advice they have been given that’s served them well.
Come prepared: Do your research before you’re in front of associates or potential clients/customers. Know about their business, their needs and the gap that you are going to fill. Be very clear about what is in it for them by doing business with you.
Be clear about what you will gain: Do not limit your thinking to money! Look at how your skill set will expand, networking possibilities, access to clients and partnerships. Create a walk away bottom line for the meeting and stick to it.
Be 100% authentic: Every transaction is based on trust. They want to know what they are getting and so should you, so feel free to ask the tough questions, but do so in a productive way. Be prepared to answer them in a candid fashion. The last thing you want is to get a job or a client based on anything other than 100% authenticity.
One of the most irritating things during an interview or meeting is when the individual uses colloquial or casual language. This is your chance to put your best foot forward. Do your homework! Respect the person who is interviewing you and don’t waste their time.
Do your homework. Research the person to find out what they have worked on and achieved. Bring questions to ask to avoid dead silences and wasting their time. Be natural, and be on time!