You submit your resume to a couple of places you would like to work and after a few weeks you get a call from one of those employers asking you to come in for a job interview.
The next step is preparing for your interview. You should treat the job interview like your life depends on it, dress the best, be there on time and be sure you have these 3 aspects covered during the interview to boost up the chances of you getting hired.
Be Sure You Have Enough Information About The Company
Do you really wish to work at this place? Have you done your research? Start digging the moment you receive the call for the interview. Look into the company’s history and familiarize yourself with details such as:
How long has the company been operating for?
What is the volume of business carried out each day by the company?
What are their primary products or services?
What is the number of locations the company has?
What are the timings?
What is the role they’re considering you for?
How large is the team?
If it’s possible, try visiting the company in person and looking around to get insight about the company that might help you during your interview. Also try researching what the position you applied for requires you to do, as getting hold of such information will obviously put you ahead of other candidates and it will also show your interest and willingness to work there.
If you have taken part in previous interviews, you might be familiar with the question “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” This question is something that baffles the most prepared candidates as well. What does an interviewer/recruiter want to see in you? If I was interviewing candidates, I would definitely be looking for ones who know more about themselves.
I would look for candidates who have definite goals set for themselves, not just 5 years from now but for the entire professional life ahead of them.
The cheesy answer, “I see myself in your chair 5 years from now!” is a mistake you should definitely avoid making. Interviewers aren’t fond of the answer as they are likely to interpret you as an over-confident person. Considering you have done ample research for the position you are being interviewed for and you know the hierarchy well, only then would you be able to answer this question wisely. Define the position you see yourself at after 5 years, the pay scale you are looking for and then explain how you plan to pave your way all the way to that position.
Is The Job For You?
Your productivity depends solely on one factor, the level of satisfaction you get from your job. How can you be sure that the job you are being interviewed for will be satisfying in all aspects? This is one topic you cannot miss hitting during a job interview.
First off, you need to be clear how you see your ideal job as. Consider asking the interviewer the following questions to be clear on the environment you were looking for:
How would you define the organizational culture? (formal/informal, centralized/decentralized)
What do you think is the best part about working at your organization?
Is it a new position for which I am being interviewed, or did someone leave?
How do you evaluate employees and measure their performance?
These are some basic questions you should definitely hit on during an interview. Not only will you be able to get information which will help you decide the suitability of this job; but this will also help the interviewer understand how serious you are about working at their organization and that you are not ‘just another candidate’!
About the Author: Gerald Buck is the editor of ejobapplications.com, a site offering job applications and resourceful information. He is passionate in providing advice to those seeking job opportunities.