Do NOT assume that the job interview is simply a formality before you receive the job offer.
Instead, consider employment interview as an “audition”. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your work ethic and your skills.
Your network and/or your CV provided you with this interview. You can now get closer to a job offer.
Show that you are genuinely interested in the job by being well prepared for the interview – often seen by the employer as an example of the quality of your work.
Many recruiters have shared with me how this one thing – being well prepared – can make or break a candidate’s chances for a new job.
Remember that interviews are also an opportunity to collect information and information about whether or not you want to work for this employer. Your preparation will help you understand the questions to ask them to clarify any concerns you may have about them.
Taking the time to prepare for an interview in advance can help you find a job offer. Here’s how to find the job and the company, how to practice the interview questions and answers, how to dress for the interview, how to follow up after the interview, and more tips for preparing for the interview.
1.Analyze the job description
An important part of interview preparation is taking the time to analyze the job offer if you have it. When examining the job description, think about what the company is looking for in a candidate.
Make a list of the skills, knowledge and professional and personal qualities required by the employer and essential to the success of the job.
2. Know your achievements
Saying you are very good at something is not as effective as sharing an achievement that proves your skill level. A great way to share your success is to describe the situations in which you have successfully used this skill. Think of it as a “success story”.
Think of the times when you managed to navigate a difficult or difficult situation. If possible, focus on work-related situations or, at least, when you have achieved something related to what is required for this job. For example, when you:
Solved a problem, major or minor.
Created a new process.
Lead a team (as a team leader or not).
Managed a situation (as a manager or not).
Did something else innovative or original.
Preferably, these achievements helped your employer increase profitability, reduce expenses, improve customer or employee satisfaction, or provide another major benefit to your employer at the time. Then create a STAR description of each situation:
S – the situation – the circumstances and the context.
T – the task – the problem or goal you were trying to achieve.
A – action – what you have done to complete the task successfully.
R – the result – successful resolution of the situation.
The good news is that once you have prepared your STARs, you can also use them to answer many different questions for other employers.
3. Research the company
Before having a job interview, it is important to know as much as possible not only about the job but also about the company. Company research is an essential element in preparing for interviews. It will help you prepare to answer interview questions about the business and ask the interviewer questions about the business. You will also be able to find out if the company and the corporate culture suit you.
For a concise understanding of the company, visit the company’s website, especially the “About Us” page. Find out how the company compares to other organizations in the same industry by reading articles about the company in magazines or industry websites. You can also view company reviews of current and former customers and employees.
Also, spend some time tapping into your network to see if you know someone who can help give you an advantage over other candidates.
4. Dress the part
To look professional means to look respectable. Check the company website for employee photos to get an idea of the general dress code. Although a costume is almost always appropriate in a corporate setting, it sometimes makes no sense for the organization. Whatever you select to wear, it should be clean, ironed, coordinated and appropriate. Skirts shouldn’t be above the knee, shirts shouldn’t be cut too low, and jewelry should be moderate. Shirts should also cover the whole shoulder – no tank tops. Even employers who don’t ask their employees to dress up will appreciate that you have chosen to put your best foot forward.
As for shoes, sneakers and flip flops should stay at home. Wearing open-toed shoes can be fashionable, but it is not appropriate before getting the job. Depending on what you have learned about the company’s dress code, it may make sense to remove the piercings (except for small traditional earrings) and make sure the tattoos are hidden under your clothes.
Personal grooming is also part of your “dress”. Make sure you cool off before your interview but don’t overwhelm your potential employer with your favorite perfume or cologne. Take more time to trust your appearance and it will be one less thing between you and your dream job.
On some occasions, an employer will call you back for a second time interview. Think positive and plan ahead – make sure you have a few professional outfits.
You can make all the lists you want, but there is no substitute for repeating the way you are going to handle an interview. Ask your parents, brother or friend to be the interviewer and give them a list of questions to ask yourself, especially the most difficult ones (see some examples below). You will benefit and gain confidence by thinking about the answers, and you may be able to apply them to questions you did not expect.
If you have a question you can’t answer, just say you don’t know. Then say that the question is something you would like to think about and that you are ready to learn what it takes. An employer will respect an honest person who is open to his limits.
Here are some examples of interview questions:
What were your responsibilities during your last job (or at school, if this is your first job)?
What major challenges and problems have you encountered? How did you manage them?
What was the most / least rewarding?
What was the best success/failure during this position?
How was it working for your supervisor? What were its strengths and weaknesses?
Why are you leaving your job?
What have you done since your last job?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Why should we hire you?
Why do you want to work here?
What motivates you?
Describe your ideal work environment.
Do you like better to work alone or during a group?
Describe your ideal job.
How do you prioritize the tasks?
Describe a situation where you failed.
Describe a situation in which you set and achieved your goal.
Also, be aware of your body language. If you can record on video, use it to practice. Otherwise, a mirror will do the trick, or get feedback from your parents, siblings or friends.
The movements of the hands and arms should not be too great. Do not play, shake your leg, or tap your fingers. It is unprofessional and can distract your potential employer. Your posture should be relaxed, but alert. Do not sag; if you look bored, the interviewer will assume that you will also be bored at work.
Communicate your interest and energy. Be yourself. Your potential employer knows you are nervous, but try not to make it so obvious that it becomes a distraction.
6. Arrive early
It may sound obvious, but if you are not on time for your interview, the game is over. Getting there early makes a good impression on the interviewer and allows you to take a few deep breaths, organize your notes, refresh your memory on all the points that you found difficult in your practices and scan all the documents that may be available in the waiting room. It also allows you to use the restroom if necessary, refresh your breath and make last-minute appearance adjustments.
Whatever your mode of transport, make sure you have directions for your target organization, as well as an emergency route, in case of unexpected obstacles such as traffic or a metro delay. Also, have the telephone number of someone to inform in case of delay.
If you can, do a dry test a few days before your interview: go to your target organization and make sure you know how to get there – to the door – without getting lost. Planning ahead means that you will feel better about yourself and be more relaxed in the interview.
7. What to bring to a job interview
It is important to know what to bring (and what not to bring) to a job interview. Items to bring include a portfolio with additional copies of your CV, a list of references, a list of questions to ask the interviewer, and something to write with.
It’s also important to know what not to bring, including your cell phone (or at least turn off your phone), a cup of coffee, gum, or anything beyond yourself and your credentials.
8. Make a good first impression
Prospective employers are looking for someone who is confident, assertive, and friendly, and will take this opportunity to see if you are a good candidate. You will want to follow these quick tips whenever you meet someone in your target organization, especially the person who will interview you:
Look the person in the eye as you offer your right hand for a handshake.
Shake his hand firmly, but easily; try to make the canvas of your hand touch his.
Smile at the same time and say something enthusiastically, like “Hello, Mr. Byrnes. It’s a pleasure to meet you!”
When you go to his office, discuss it with the weather, the beauty of the hall. Avoid politics or quirky humor (racial, ethnic or religious jokes). A small interview will build a positive relationship and the rest of the interview will feel more natural and less as if you were toasted.
Be courteous to everyone you meet; you never know who will say a good word to you after you leave the office.
9. Be Yourself
In front of the interviewer, let your true personality shine through. Qualified investigators quickly spot the actors and are unlikely to hire someone they don’t trust.
Be proud of the unique collection of talents, motivations, and skills that make you who you are. Believe in your ability to learn, to grow, to develop. Show “the real you” and you will be well on your way to being hired.
10. Listen and ask questions
Usually, at the top of an interview, you’ll be asked if you’ve got any questions. If you don’t ask for something, it can be seen as a sign of lack of preparation or interest. So prepare a few questions before the interview and take notes during the interview to keep track of the questions you may want to ask.
You need to learn about two areas: organization and the job itself. Are you clear about the job responsibilities? If not, ask for clarification. Do you see where the work fits into the organizational structure? How is the work environment? Is there a path for advancement?
If all else fails and you don’t know what to ask, check your notes and ask your interviewer for clarification or details on something he has already discussed. This will show that you are paying attention and want to know what he or she had to say to you. If it sounds right to you, ask your interviewer what is their favorite or least favorite thing about working in this business – you might learn something you might not have known otherwise.
11. Follow up
Followed by a job interview with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position.
Think of your thank you letter as a “sales” follow-up letter. State why you want the job, what your qualifications are, how you could make important contributions, etc.
This many thanks letter is additionally an excellent opportunity to debate anything that’s important that you simply r caller neglected to ask or that you neglected to answer as completely, or as you would have liked.