When it comes to a job interview, preparation is essential. However, when nerves kick in, even the best laid plans can go out the window. Here's how to make sure your plan goes to fruition.
preparationFind out as much as you can about the business. How do they perform? Who are their competitors and clients? What are their main products or services? What opportunities could they be missing? What are the big industry issues?
Do the same research on the person interviewing you. Who are they and who do they answer to? What is their experience? Do you share any common interests, whether they’re related to work or leisure?
Confirm your interview day and time. A mix-up only ever reflects badly on you.
Finally, rehearse and rehearse again. Anticipate questions, list your skills and experience, and speak your answers out loud.
Dress respectfully, paying attention to your clothing, make-up and hairdo. Having done your research on the business, dress to reflect who they are and their market. Sometimes a suit isthe perfect answer, but sometimes it's not the right fit. If you're unsure, err on the side of caution and wear something that's more formal than not.
be inquisitiveDuring the interview, show interest in the role and the business. Ask lots of questions – here are some suggestions:
• Who will I be working with and what are they like?
• Who will I report to and how does the work I do impact their KPIs?
• What upcoming projects will I be working on?
• Is this a new position or was it filled previously?
• What sorts of processes and systems are in place to help me achieve my goals?
Take notes as they answer your questions. Not only does it look professional, but the notes could come in handy when you’re called back for a second interview.
sell yourselfIn order to sell yourself you must be yourself, so don’t pretend to be somebody else. Instead, let your own personality shine through.
This is also not a situation in which you want to be shy about your skills and experience. An interviewer, who has likely seen numerous candidates in the past few days, will remember people because they had something interesting to say. Present your strengths to the interviewer and back them up with anecdotes about how you've used them to good effect in the workplace.
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