Do you have a job interview coming up? If the answer is yes, please be aware that there are several steps you can take to make sure the whole process runs as smooth as possible and you give yourself the best chance of securing that dream role. Her are some Job Interview Tips to consider:
- Research the Company
Research the Company; its core values, culture, its mission statement, do they have Diversity and Inclusion practices. If you spend the time to research the company – this will show in your interview. This will work in your favour at interview time, you will appear more knowledgeable and it will show that you took the time to research and find out about how the company operates. The company’s website should give you plenty of information but there may also be other good sources of information such as their social media pages including LinkedIn, Glassdoor and articles online.
Research the Job; What exactly is it that the company requires of the person who will be successful in getting this role? What Key Skills can you show off that you can bring to the role?
- Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
Making a list……And checking it Twice…..
If you do not prepare for the interview in advance it will be much more difficult to get a positive result. Analyse the job posting. Ask yourself what does the prospective employer want from the successful candidate. Make a list of the skills, knowledge and professional and personal qualities that are required.
- Focus on your Strengths and be Aware of your Weaknesses
Plusses and Minuses
Once you have properly analysed the job post, make a list of the strengths you have that you feel match the requirements of the vacancy. For example; prior customer service experience in a busy environment, well developed sales skills, relevant qualifications in I.T. / Business and so forth and make sure to highlight these in your interview. It is unlikely that you will have all the necessary skills or attributes needed for a job role. Make sure to think of answers in advance of the interview as to how you can compensate for any lack in skills. For example, if you do not have good computer skills you could say you are prepared to do some part-time/online courses to help improve yourself in this area in your own time.
- Interview Practice
Practice Makes Perfect (That Old Saying!)
Make a list of questions that you think may come up in the interview and have a friend or family member ask you them. Try and conduct the practice interview in the same format as the real interview. If it is a phone interview you are facing have your friend or family member call you, likewise, if it is a face-to-face interview have them sit opposite you and go through the questioning as if it was a real interview. Allow them to ask some relevant questions that you had not prepared for also to see how you deal with the them on the spot.
- Your Attire and Dress Code
Have your interview clothes ready well in advance of the event and dress appropriately for the position on offer. If it is a professional position wear business attire. Be neat and tidy and well-groomed (Neat Hair/Polished Shoes). What make-up and/or accessories you will wear?
- Interview Etiquette
Remember to be polite to everybody in the company on the day including the receptionist and security (the most important people!) etc. as your interview really begins as soon as you walk in the door. You may not be the most qualified candidate but you can come across as the most interested, friendly and enthusiastic. Maintain eye-contact throughout the interview and shake hands firmly. Always listen attentively and make sure to ask some questions so you engage the interviewer.
- On the Day of the Interview
Be Relaxed….Or at least, Pretend to be!
Arrive early and unstressed. Make sure you have the proper directions to get to your interview location on times. Know your contacts name and get a phone number in advance of the day in case of an emergency as you may need to ring them if something unforeseen happens.
- The Follow Up
Keeping in Touch
Follow up your interview by sending a short email thanking the interview panel/person for taking the time to meet up with you and discuss the job vacancy. Don’t be shy in mentioning again how you may make significant contributions to the company and so forth.
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