You landed the interview! Now what?
It’s time to land the job!
Think you’ll go into the meeting with the hiring manager and just “wing it”? It may sound like a good idea. But you shouldn’t do this if you’re really serious about getting an offer.
So, what should you do?
As stated by Alexandar Graham Bell, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” And that really is key. You must prepare.
Gearing up for a job interview gets you in the right mindset. The process isn’t necessarily an easy one! And can make even the most confident person nervous. Prepping ahead of time keeps you composed and offers a better chance of presenting yourself in the best way possible.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
(Alexander Graham Bell)
Want to improve your chances of getting a job? Then follow these steps to put yourself ahead of the pack.
Before the Interview
Before the interview review the company’s website, read their blog articles and bring yourself up to speed on industry news regarding the firm. If they have a “news” section review their latest press releases and annual reports. Embrace as much information as you can.
Do you have connections in tune with the organization? Reach out to them. You never know! They might have some inside information or even know someone who interviewed there previously. Ask them for advice!
Know the name of your interviewer? Look into their background on LinkedIn and other online resources. This can help you find pertinent details that can be helpful during your meeting. But don’t become stalker! Learn how to browse LinkedIn using stealth mode.
Study what the role entails and its requirements. If you’re working with a recruiter, have them fill you in on all relevant details. Go to the interview with a keen understanding of expectations regarding the position.
Prepare to talk about how your experience and success specifically match the open role and what value you can bring to the company as a future employee.
Speak confidently about your accomplishments and potential value. If you don’t tell them about your achievements and sell yourself on why you’re a great fit … then who will? But don’t make false statements about your skill set or experience; showcase yourself in the best way possible to make a good impression.
Get Ready for Questions
You may not know the exact questions your interviewer will bring up; prepare for what you may potentially be asked. Be ready to talk about yourself, why you want to work at the company, your interest in and understanding of the open position, your past responsibilities, strengths and weaknesses, and major challenges you handled. Show the value you can bring to the department and company overall. Ask a friend to practice with you. Read more here: Job Q&A From the Trenches: “Where Will I Be in 5 Years?” Interview Answers
Make sure you can speak to every detail on your resume; you don’t want to get caught in an awkward situation. For instance, if you’re asked to talk further on a project you spearheaded, and can’t remember specific details, it won’t look good!
Develop questions of your own for your interviewer. This demonstrates your research skills, and how interested you are in the available role. Sell yourself as a good candidate while also interviewing the company to be sure you want to work for them (should you be offered the position). Asking questions will help determine if the company has the goals, vision, and workplace environment you want.
At the Interview
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when it’s time for your interview:
- Dress appropriately for the industry and role
- Be confident and prepared
- Get there on time; review the route you need to take ahead of time and consider traffic or public transportation delays
- Be professional to everyone you meet along the way, including the receptionist
- Always have extra copies of your resume
- Turn your cell phone off
- Ask everyone you interview with for a business card for follow up and thank you notes
Preparing for your interview should not be taken lightly. Showcase your value! And demonstrate why you’re a good candidate for the position.
Do your due diligence and get ready to answer many varied questions. Be yourself, be confident. You got this!