How To Be Great In An Interview
Remember, an interview is a sales exercise and the product you are selling is yourself. What does your brand stand for? What is your value proposition? You need to be succinct when the opportunity arises: why you, why you now, and why you over someone else?
These are helpful tips on how to be the most successful in an interview.
A crucial component of the interview comes before you even walk through the door … be prepared. Research the company and all of the people you will be meeting with. Be mentally prepared to answer every question.
Research the corporate personality, what is the culture of the company, what are their values? Why is the position available? Did someone leave, why did they leave? Has there been much turnover? If it’s a new position, why was it created? Research the company history. How long have they been in business? Is the company doing well? What clients do they work with? Especially with the ability to research this content on the Internet, make sure you are familiar with the company and do not ask obvious questions. This could demonstrate that you have not done your homework.
People Research Ensure that you research the people you are meeting with. You should search the people and take the time to find out their professional and personal background. You are looking for a personal connection. What do you have in common with the interviewer? Along the lines of six degrees, do you know any similar people? Or do you share a common interest; do you both support a certain charity or play the same sport?
It is still a people game and people want to work with people they like.
Mock Interview Do a mock interview with a friend or family member before the interview. You must anticipate the questions that may be asked and prepare your answers. It is not that you need to come across as a robot answering the questions, but you should be prepared. There is nothing worse that not having an answer to a question. But if you don’t know the answer, don’t make it up or dance around it. You can get back to them.
Be prepared to answer succinctly why you are the best candidate. Why you are better than anyone else. What are your accomplishments? What are key learning’s you’ve had from previous experiences? Make a list of questions that can be asked and prepare your responses.
Day of the interview Make sure that you eat beforehand; you don’t want your stomach to growl. It sounds obvious, but many people forget to eat or are too nervous.
Dress Appropriately In most situations, a suit is appropriate. There are some jobs, such as some creative positions, where a suit may not be necessary, but make sure you know this beforehand.
Get to the interview early This prevents you from being nervous if you can’t find where you have to be. It also shows the person you’re meeting with that this meeting is important to you.
Be Yourself At the beginning of the interview, make sure to shake hands, make eye contact and exude confidence. Be likeable, smile. Engage the person you are speaking with, make sure to listen to them. Be honest with your answers and let your personality shine through.
NEVER, NEVER answer your cell phone Your cell phone should be turned off or left in the car. I would never hire someone who answered their phone.
How to respond Make sure to answer the questions concisely and address what they are asking for. Be careful not to run on and talk too much or tell your life story. On the flipside, do not answer with one or two word answers. The interviewer should not feel like they are pulling teeth to get an answer from you.
List of questions Be prepared with a list of pertinent questions. If you don’t have questions to ask that are insightful, it demonstrates you have not done your homework or prepared for this interview.
Do not bad mouth former employers Even if you had the worst boss or co-workers, be positive. We forget how small the world is and you don’t know who your interviewer might know, including that boss you think is an idiot. You don’t want the interviewer to think that you might speak that way about his or her company if you leave on not so great terms.
Follow Up How you respond after the interview may be a crucial determining factor on who will be hired. In this game of overcapacity, you need to differentiate yourself from the masses. Make sure to follow up quickly with everyone you have met with. Each person should receive a separate thank you. Make sure to personalize it based on the conversation you had with them and emphasize why you are the best candidate for the position. Besides the obvious capabilities you bring to the table, realize in today’s economy, you are one of many who can do the job. The difficult job of the employer is not who can do the job, but who the best is. Back to the beginning, why you?