Job interview agenda: a list of topics to be introduced during an interview. Bringing an agenda to an interview gives you several advantages.
First, an agenda provides you with a reference sheet. With your resume and your agenda, you will have the facts in front of you. Furthermore, having an agenda will help you stand out for the preparations you have made before the interview. Moreover, by giving to interviewer an opportunity to view your agenda, you gain a chance of controlling how the interview goes.
Job Interview Agenda Items
In writing your agenda, prepare to cover the information you want to discuss. Furthermore, prepare to ask questions about the information you need to know.
Create each agenda for the specific company you are meeting. Prepare for the interview with research and outline your research results in the agenda that you take the interview. Show interviewers that you have an interest in their company through the job interview agenda.
Hand out a copy of the agenda when you hand out your resume. Bring a copy for each person you will meet. Make your agenda specifically to fit the company and the specific job for which you are interviewing. By giving interviewers a copy of your agenda, you are giving them a copy of a presentation on why the company should hire you.
You can’t always influence the things that happen in an interview. Some interviewers are locked in on the details they want to cover. Nonetheless, even if the interviewer does not want to cover the information in your agenda, having one will help you be better prepared for the interview.
Examples of Agenda Items
Here are examples taking from an agenda daughter Heather Tran prepared for a marketing position. She got the job.
Example Number One
You might want to make an agenda item, “Why I want to work for your company.” From there, you create a list of reasons why you want to work for the company.
- The reputation of the company as a customer-based marketer
- The long history of success of your company
- The opportunity to work in an environment that enables me to use the promotional and marketing tools I have developed for my career
- Your company’s commitment to respecting and honoring all employees for their service
- The opportunity to work in the field of my choice.
Example Number Two
“What I bring to your company”
- Team skills: I work well with other people in all departments
- Experience in creating promotional marketing programs to target community customers
- Skills to create a call to action that leads customers to buy
- A successful history of developing marketing strategies that include customer service, pricing, product choice, graphic design, and product presentation at retail and in the media
Example for a Specific Position
Marketing Promotion Position
“How I manage a promotion.”
- Does the promotion present value to the customer?
- Does it create the correct brand image?
- Does it reach your target customer base?
- Does it make a buyer out of your customer?
- Does it create repeat customers?
- Does the draw new customers to your business?
Your Experience in Preparing Agendas
The ideas in this article are suggestions only.
As part of my training at a major consumer products company, I prepared an agenda for each day of work. I worked in field sales positions. When my supervisor met with me, I could show him at the beginning of the day what my plans were for that day.
Likewise, you may have experience in preparing agendas. In this case, your personal experience my help you create an agenda that will take you through job interviews.