You’ve got your job interview scheduled — congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and I’ve got 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 stand out from the crowd.
- Good timekeeping: Being late is certain to irritate and alarm a hiring manager. Keep buffer time in your journey for delays.
- First impressions do count: Make sure that your appearance is appropriate and you are dressed for the role you aspire to be in.
- Create your USP: This can 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 shine are the ones who understand the role, company, and market.
- Take notes: Candidates who listen and take notes demonstrate skills highly valued in the workplace and are better prepared for follow-up interviews.
- Prepare questions: This is a simple and easy way to show your interest and commitment.
- Close an interview professionally: Make sure you ask about the interview process and the next steps.
- Follow-up: Send a note to the individuals you interviewed by to reinforce your candidature for the role. Just do two or three follow-ups, if they don’t respond, move on and consider it a loss.
- Consistency: Most companies will have many rounds of interviews before a final decision. You need to display consistency in behavior throughout, and also show your amplified understanding of the role and opportunity.
- Integrity: Always answer questions truthfully, frankly, and as precise as possible. Remember that you want to make sure it’s 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’ve got for you here today. I hope you’ve found this brief interview guide to be helpful and informative.