Getting a job is the ultimate goal for everyone looking for a job, but a proactive job search is not as simple as that. It is often a
long process that includes the creation of resumes, networking, job search and the dreaded interview. Job seekers can get caught in any
of these job search control points. One place where we commonly see our clients struggle is with the interview. Having dozens of
unsuccessful interviews can be frustrating and daunting. Here are 5 key tips for better interview performance:
Bring your resume. Make sure your resume is updated, personalized and personalized for the position for which you are interviewing. A well-developed curriculum should include key achievements of your previous positions and use descriptive action words that clearly describe how you contributed to the company’s success. Make sure you talk about the value you bring and why you are the best candidate for the position. Know the content of your resume well so you can use it as a tool to address the questions they ask.
Prepare Your 30-Second Commercial. You may have also heard of this as an “elevator speech.” The interviewer is likely to open with a general question, “tell me about yourself.” While the question seems simple to answer, the general issue under the pressure of an interview can be complicated for some. Practice describing yourself in 30 seconds or less. You want to tell them quickly who you are, what you do and the value you bring. Make sure it is a memorable message that makes the interviewer want to learn more about you.
Do your research. This is critical to the success of your interview. You don’t need to know the company inside and out, but you must have a very good idea of the company as a whole. Research the company’s website, find out what its products or services are and investigate its industry and how they compare with other similar organizations. It is also a good practice to know your mission statement, core values and general company information. A good investigation of the company will give you the knowledge to answer the questions, as well as to ask your own questions.
Practical practice practice! If you have a professional coach, use a part of your time with them to practice your interviewing skills. They can suggest a practice or “simulated” interview. If you do not have an accessible coach, you can practice using a video camera. Register yourself answering the practice interview questions and then review the recording to see the questions you may need to pay more attention or areas for improvement. The more you practice, the more confident and prepared you will be during a real interview.
Do not forget About the small details. Do you know the address of the interview place and the best way to get there? Plan ahead to avoid being late. Being late could tarnish even the best interviews. Confirm the date, time and place ahead of time. Make sure you dress appropriately. In general, conservative business attire is the best option. Error on the side of over-dressed rather than under. Go to bed early the night before your interview so you are fresh and ready in the morning. Be punctual, shake their hand, say thank you and make good eye contact. These simple details can have a great impact on the interviewer and ultimately influence the outcome of the interview.
What do you think about preparing for an interview? What other tips have you found useful? Please share in the comments!