Interview Preparation

Before the Interview

Understanding the new opportunity

Research KONE and the vertical transportation industry. Use information on company websites, newspaper articles and online news sites to identify products, financial information, culture and other pertinent company information.

Familiarize yourself with the job description. Prepare some of your own questions ahead of time.

Know what you bring to the table: Inventory your background and experiences (your resume is a great place to start). Be prepared to discuss your past experiences, positions, roles and responsibilities in detail. Consider the motivators that led you to consider opportunities outside your present role, for instance job content, company industry change, financial factors or organizational culture. Assess your career aspirations: We’re hiring for more than the present opportunity!

Preparation tips: Bring multiple copies of your resume to the interview. Practice ahead of time. Dress appropriately (business attire unless otherwise indicated). Arrive 5-10 minutes early.

During the Interview

Ask questions. Inquire about daily roles and responsibilities. Learn about the leadership of the group, management styles, etc. Exchange information and discover mutual interests. Understand career ladders and advancement opportunity. Find out growth opportunities beyond this position and what an individual needs to do to advance. Ask the interviewers for contact information.

After the Interview


If you received contact information, send concise, individual-specific thank you notes via e-mail to the members of the interview team outlining why you are a good fit for the department. Additionally, some candidates choose to contact the actual hiring manager via a short phone conversation or voicemail.

Next Steps

After the interview, if you would like an update of your status prior to receiving notification from a member of the interview team, email the hiring manager or recruiter for a status update.

Resumé Content

Make sure to include all the basics: full name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, education and professional associations. Work history and qualifications: List your employment history in order of most recent at the top then descending. Include months/years for all employers/positions. Provide specific skills, training, programs and qualifications that highlight your background and experience.

Be clear and concise. Use headings that are clear and identifiable (i.e., bold) and easy to interpret. Indent subsections as appropriate. Use quantifiable data as much as possible. Ensure that your name and e-mail address are on each page.