How to Find Out Who You Will Be Interviewing With

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Are you wondering who you will meet when you have a job interview? It could be quite a few people. Employers are more careful than ever with hiring, given limited resources for staffing and the costs associated with bringing on new employees. The result has been added layers to the screening of candidates and the inclusion of more staff in the interviewing process.

How Ask Who You Will Be Meeting With

Applicants should make an effort to learn who will be included in the interview process so they can anticipate the concerns of their prospective interviewers and prepare accordingly.

Ask your Human Resources (HR) contact for the names, titles and roles of any interviewers when making arrangements for your interview.

Calling or emailing to confirm the interview gives you another opportunity to ask, if you weren't informed when the interview was scheduled.

You can also ask for an overview of the hiring process so you will have a sense of how many interviews the employer will conduct prior to making offers.

Employers will often have an HR recruiter conduct an initial interview to determine if the candidate is genuinely interested in the position and a good enough fit to involve other staff in the process. These screening interviews are often conducted by phone or Skype.

For senior management positions, the employer may engage a recruiting firm to conduct initial screening and recommend candidates.

Follow Up Interviews

Follow-up interviews will typically include the prospective supervisor.

A department manager (if a different person from the immediate supervisor) will also be included. Employers will often include a meeting or lunch with employees in the same job or a similar job to the one for which you are interviewing. Though it might seem like their primary purpose is to inform you about the details of the job, they will also be asked to evaluate the applicants.

Interviews With People From Other Departments

Representatives from departments that interface with or are served by your prospective department might also be part of the interviewing team. Occasionally an outside constituent like a partner firm or key client might be represented. For example, an Alumni Affairs department at a college might ask an alumni leader to interview candidates for a position in that area.

Meeting With a Top Executive

Some organizations will have a final layer in the process where the leading candidate(s) will meet with the President, CEO or another top executive for a final look before finalizing the hire.

Send a Thank You Note

It's important to send a thank you letter to everyone who interviews you. It can be time consuming when the interview process is drawn out, but saying thank you for the interview is one of the best ways to make a good impression.

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