How To Interview For A Job Brilliantly
Interviewing for a job can be a frightening experience for anyone. You are entering an "unknown zone" of human encounters. No matter how many times you've done it, there is an element of not knowing what to expect and wishing it were over.
How much more the angst for a teenager or young 20-something going into an interview for the very first time!
Here are some quality tips that I shared recently with the Class of 2014. We started with learning how to write an effective resume and moved on to preparation for the interview opportunity that well-written resume should obtain.
Do Your Homework
Walk in well-informed about the products or services that that company performs. Be aware, also, of the general job requirements that the advertised position might entail. You could be asked “What do you know about our company?” or “Why do you want to work here”? Be prepared with some ideas.
Tip: Make a folder. Google the company to find their official website. Print out their “about us” page from their website. Read it thoroughly. Write on it. Circle important points that you find relevant. Write in the margins.
Then, if they have a Careers or Job Opportunities page, go there and find the job openings that you are interested in. Print that out as well. Label the folder with that company’s name and bring it all to the interview. Visibly it can be seen that you’ve done some research and planning before coming to meet with them. (Note: this great tip came from the video linked at the end of this hub!)
Get Ready for Your Interview
Practice answering commonly asked questions. Be prepared to answer more pointed questions about your past work experience, as well. You may be asked about your strengths, weaknesses and the skills that you can bring to the position.
Here are some recurrent interview questions:
- Tell me a little bit about yourself.
- What do you know about our company?
- Why are you interested in working here?
- Where did you work previously?
- What did you like about it?
- What didn’t you like about it?
- Tell me about the position and requirements of that job?
- Why did you leave or (if you didn’t) why are you interested in finding a new job?
- How do you handle pressure situations?
- Describe your work style.
- What techniques do you use to keep organized?
- Are you willing to travel or relocate?
- What are your goals? For the next five years ? Ten years?
- How do you do working independently? On a team? Which do you prefer?
- How do you feel about supervising others?
Show Up Early for Your Interview
Showing up just in the nick of time for your appointment or, even worse, late says something about you.
- You aren’t that interested in getting the job.
- You are a poor time manager.
- You will probably be late for work, too.
You only have one opportunity to give a good first impression.
How To Dress For An Interview
If you’ve just come in out of the rain or a wind storm, you have arrived early so take care of it. Go to the restroom and make sure that you look neat and presentable.
Dress in conservative business attire, unless the job calls for something more unique (such as working in a fashion boutique).
Men, wear a business suit with tie. Women, wear a business suit with a modest-length skirt. If you have tattoos, cover them. Piercings? Only wear a couple. Leave most of them at home. Nails? Neat and trimmed. Shoes clean and polished. Breath? Fresh!
No gum chewing and turn off your cellphone until you are way out of the building.
When the interviewer comes out to greet you, stand up immediately or be already standing. If you choose to stay seated, it gives an impression of weakness or even laziness.
When asked about your previous employment experience, do not be negative no matter how bad it may have been. Nobody likes complainers.
Be respectful and do most of the listening. Look for an opportunity to ask some questions yourself.
Ask the future employer what they want to get out of the position that they are looking to fill. What results do they want? That information will help you to sell yourself to their specific needs.
Some wise advice from the Class of 2014: speak clearly. Do not slur your words or use slang. Smart kids, huh!
Be Prepared with Some Good Questions for the Interviewer
You may be asked if you have any questions. This is an important opportunity to ask questions that illustrate your interest in how you can best help their company.
Ask them what will be available to help you to do your job better?
- Work environment?
- Professional development?
Close the Deal
If you really like what you hear from the employer, ask for the position or what the next stage of the process will be. Let them know that you know that you can benefit their organization in that position and that you really would like to work there.
Send the interviewer a "thank you email" that day and also put a handwritten thank you note to them in the mail. After a week or two, call them if they have not called you.
Successful Job Interviews--Get the Job of Your Dreams with Post-Interview Followup by Patty Inglish. MS
For some great interviewing tips, watch this 5 minute video by Crown Financial Ministries: How to Interview for a Job