I am sure you are familiar with the concept of speed dating, where men and women speak with each other for 3 to 5 minutes, introducing themselves and then moving on to the next person in line. The idea is that in that short time, a person can identify someone they would enjoy spending time with and would like to get to know better.
Well, some companies are trying out the same concept for the interviewing process. The research I have seen indicates that only a few companies and HR recruiters are using speed interviewing. But if those few can demonstrate good results with reduced hiring costs, speed interviewing may be the next type of interview for which you will need to prepare!
- Collect business cards and any materials from the company representatives. The information contained in these materials will help you decide if the company culture and the job are right for you. Also, you will need to send thank you notes and the business cards provide contact information.
- Also, collecting those cards helps you expand your network. Now you have names and titles of people inside the company. You might contact them for informational interviews or ask them to connect with you on LinkedIn.
- Provide copies of your resume and exchange business cards. In a job search, you probably want simple business cards that contain your name, phone number, email, and the personalized URL for your LinkedIn profile.
- If job opportunities or a list of companies attending are posted online prior to the event, take advantage of that information to research job titles and companies. Be knowledgeable about the position and the company – you will stand out among the competition!
- Practice answering questions. With limited time, you will want to get the most important information to the interviewer in the least amount of time. Do not speak fast or in a hurried manner. Be relaxed and confident.
- You will be interacting with representatives of companies within your industry. So build that relationship for long-term career enhancement. You may not want the job or want to work for that company, but the recruiter sitting across from you could be a positive influence on your career far into the future.
Be aware that speed interviewing can be the difference between getting a job and not being considered for the position. So in-depth preparation, such as researching the industry and the specific company, is necessary.