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Managers are expected to keep company employees organized and on task. So the last thing you want to do is appear disorganized and unprepared when you arrive at an interview for a management position. Regardless of how much -- or how little -- management experience you have, plan to bring a few essential items with you to the interview.
Resume and Cover Letter
Bring several copies of your resume and cover letter to the interview. Give a copy to the interviewer and keep at least one to reference throughout the meeting. Highlight any management experience you have in both your resume and cover letter. List management positions you've held and duties you held as a manager. If you have limited management experience, showcase skills that would help you excel as a manager. For example, emphasize your time management, leadership and organization skills. In your cover letter, discuss your professional strengths and explain why you're the best manager for the position.
A portfolio is a visual aid that shows the interviewer what you're capable of as a manager -- and what you have to offer the company. Your career portfolio should include documents, charts, graphs and other items that support and supplement the information in your resume. For example, include a copy of your college transcripts, charts that show your sales success in a previous position, or graphs that show your management style and vision. Display diagrams, brochures or other documents from past jobs, and include examples of budgets you've created. The more management-related work you include in your portfolio, the stronger you will appear to be.
Employers often ask for letters of recommendation from a candidate's colleagues and former employers. Bring letters from at least three people who are familiar with your work ethic, professionalism and ability to manage a team of people. Ask a former boss, another manager or a former employee to write on your behalf. If you've never held a management position, ask the letter writers to discuss the skills and attributes you possess that would make you a good manager. Strong recommendation letters include personal anecdotes and examples; ask for letters only from people who know you well.
Before the interview, make a list of questions you want to ask the interviewer and bring them with you. The interviewer's answers will help you learn more about the position you're applying for and decide whether it's a good fit for you. Bring a notepad and a pen to the interview so you can take notes throughout the meeting. Make sure you dress the part in a suit or other form of professional attire.
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