You have your job interview scheduled—congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and I’ve some tips for you. Below, I provide an overview of how to succeed in an interview along with a brief discussion surrounding each point.
- Do your research before you fill out an application: Many companies will conduct telephone screening calls on applicants, this is your chance to really stand out from the crowd.
- Good timekeeping: Being late is guaranteed to annoy and alarm a hiring manager. Leave time in your journey for delays.
- First impressions really do count: Make sure that your appearance is appropriate and you are dressed for the role you aspire to be in.
- Create your own USP: This can really set you apart. Be honest and simple. After all the interview is all about selling yourself. For example, my USP—PASSION WITH COMPASSION.
- Understand the job description: Candidates that really shine are the ones who really understand the role, company, and market.
- Take notes: Candidates who clearly listen and take notes demonstrate skills highly valued in the workplace and are better prepared for follow-up interviews.
- Prepare questions: This is an easy way to demonstrate your interest and commitment.
- Close an interview professionally: Make sure you ask about the interview process and next steps.
- Follow-up: Send a note to the individuals you interviewed by to reinforce your candidature for the role. Just do 2 or 3 follow-ups, if they don’t respond, move on and consider it a loss.
- Consistency: Most companies will have several interviews before a final decision is made. You need to demonstrate consistency in behavior throughout and also demonstrate your increased understanding of the role and opportunity.
- Integrity: Always answer questions truthfully, frankly and as concise as possible. Remember that you want to make sure it is a fit as much as they do.
- Smile: The smile on your face can win a million hearts.
- Thanksgiving: Gratitude is the best attitude. Do write a polite and brief email to thank the interviewer.
Well, that’s all I have for you here today. I hope you’ve found this brief interview guide to be helpful and informative.