Nailing the Interview

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Know the employer

Once you have an interview it is time to get to know the company that is doing the hiring. Scour their website and any other online presence the company may have.  If you know who you are going to interview with look them up on the organization’s website and LinkedIn.  Familiarize yourself with the company’s goals and values. Look for subjects you may bring up in the interview.

Have your story ready

Once you have familiarized yourself with the employer, distill your qualifications down into several sentences. What will make you stand out from others interviewing for this position? How will the company benefit from your skills or services?

Consider what subjects may be brought up in the interview and be ready to illustrate how you approached similar challenges and surmounted them.

Be human

At this point in the hiring process the employer can choose from any number of qualified candidates. One way to stand out from the rest is to be yourself. Let them see your personality. Relax and smile. Let them see the person they will be spending a large portion of their day with.

Show enthusiasm

If you don’t feel enthusiastic about the job position then you will have a hard time faking it. Even if this is not the dream interview you’ve been hoping for, it is a legitimate opportunity to find employment. When you discuss your goals and accomplishments, do it with enthusiasm. Show some passion. What drives you about your work? How do you feel you are making a contribution to other people’s lives?

Show results

It is not enough to simply list out your achievements in an interview. You need to back up what you say with evidence. Can you quote the numbers reflecting your hard work? Do you have any awards or accolades to speak of? Your achievements become much more credible when you can back them up.

Practice

You’ve heard the saying “Poor preparation promotes poor performance.” The more you sweat in preparing for the interview means the less you’ll sweat during the interview. Go over a list of potential questions you may be asked and develop concise point on answers. Know your weaknesses and your greatest strengths and have a plan to address them.

You’ve managed to land the interview thanks in part to your resume writing skills. By following these interviewing tips you will bring all that effort to fruition by landing that job you’ve been working hard to get.

About the Author:   Aaron Newbold is a communications specialist that helps individuals through the job search process. He currently writes on employment related topics from resumes to online personal online branding for Resume  Edge.

Comments

  1. Kat says

    I was told to let the company interview me on the first interview, and on the second interview, to ask questions about the company beyond what is reported on their website, word-of-mouth, more specific questions about the position (i.e. who I will be working with/for, where is office, can I meet with person I am replacing, etc?). This process is not working for me now that the job market is so tight. What would you suggest different? Suggested questions to ask employer, and when to ask these questions. Thanks!

  2. says

    Thanks for reading the post! Some companies may hire a candidate after the first round of interviews, so it doesn’t hurt to ask your initial questions during your first meeting. You’ll show the employer that you are motivated to get the position by asking the types of questions you mentioned above during the initial interview.

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