The email you've been hoping for has finally hit your inbox. An employer has read your knockout CV and now they want to know more about you in an interview!
But before you get too excited and send off a hasty "yes" it's important to make sure you have all the information you'll need to nail the interview. Their initial email should cover all the basics such as where you'll meet, what time and so on. But here are some further details they might've missed that will help you to stand out:
How long the interview is expected to go for. This will help you make plans for afterward/beforehand, especially if you have other interviews that day that you don't want to be late for.
Who you'll be interviewing with. This is a huge advantage. Knowing who you'll be talking to, their role and background will give you a massive insight going forward. Asking for names of your interviewers allows you to do some valuable research beforehand.
The type of interview. Most interviews have the common question and answer format, however, some companies have been known to use group interviews or otherwise. It's good to have an idea of what to expect so you're not caught off guard.
Here's a sample from The Muse of how to put it all into one straight forward email:
Great to hear from you! I hope your week is going well. I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday.
I’m really looking forward to coming into the R&J office and meeting some of the team members. Based on the dates you mentioned, my availability is as follows: anytime after 12 PM on September 14th and throughout the day until about 4:30 PM on the 18th.
A few questions about the in-office meeting: 1) How much time do you anticipate we’ll have together? 2) Will I have access to technology for a presentation to showcase my work and thoughts on a Q4 strategy for the company? 3) Can you please let me know who I’ll be meeting with, and how much time I’ll have with each person or if it’ll be a group interview?
Thanks so much for reaching out and coordinating all of this.
I hope you have a good rest of the week and lovely weekend!