第 1 回 Greetings and Closings for job/MBA interviews
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米国トップの MBA スクール (Darden Graduate School of Business) で MBA 在校生 を相手に履歴書の作成・面接トレーニング等を指導していた Lisa 先生が この度「面接指導の Professional が語る『面接の極意』」というコラムを持つことになりました。MBA、外資系企業就職の面接を控えた方は必見です!!
Having coached dozens and dozens of interviewees, I have noticed an interesting trend. While many applicants prepare for the main questions of the interview, many people overlook the importance of the greetings and closing of the interview. Although the saying goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover," people certainly do make judgments based on first impressions. Final impressions hold equal importance. Therefore, I would like to take a brief moment to review recommendations for interview greetings and closings:
It is very important to start with strong greetings. I recommend that you express your appreciation for the interviewer's time and your interest in the school in the beginning and the end of the interview. In the initial greeting, you could say something like, "It's a pleasure to meet you. I'm extremely interested in School X/Company X and I really appreciate your time."
At the closing of the interview, be sure to express your appreciation for the interviewer's time and your increased interest in the organization after having spoken with the interviewer. You could say something like, "Thank you so much for your time, Mr. or Ms. Y. After speaking with you, I'm even more convinced that School X/Company X is an excellent fit for me."
Overall, be sure to use correct school terminology. For example, if you notice that on a school's website that the school refers to "study groups", be sure to use that term instead of "learning teams" or "cohorts". If the company uses the term "community" on its website a lot, obviously that concept is very important to that particular company. Thus, it is highly advisable to use that term in your interview. Demonstrate that you have done your homework on how you are a perfect fit for that school/company in particular.