Follow these 15 ways to create a big impact and nail your future job interview, from researching the business to answering critical interview questions.
Do you want to crush your next interview and land the vacant position you've been looking for? Here are 15 pointers to help you get ready.
1. Do advance research about the firm and their work
An interviewer may inquire as to how you see your business's position in its industry, who its rivals are, what its competitive advantages are, and how the company should develop. Therefore, as a result, don't try to explore a dozen distinct sectors in depth. Instead, narrow your employment search to a few industries.
2. Attract the interviewee by preparing to clarify your best features.
Get ready for each maintenance by thinking of three to five key points of sale, such as the reason you are the ideal applicant for the position. Prepare a demonstration of each sales item ("I am an excellent communicator. For example, I convinced a group of people ...) Also, be ready to explain to the interviewer why you want your position, including What attracts you, which takes advantage of them provides that you value and what skills it needs. If an interviewer does not believe that you are really passionate about work, it will not extend an offer - no matter what qualification!
3. Prepare for general interview questions.
Each book "How to Interview" has a list of one hundred or more "general interview questions." (You might be wondering how long the interview if there are many general questions!) So how do you prepare yourself? Select any list and think about which questions you might meet, remember your age and status (will graduate, look for summer internships). Then prepare your answer so you don't need to grope for them during the actual interview.
4. Complete your questions for the interviewer.
Come to interviews with some intelligent questions for the interviewer who show your knowledge of your company and serious intention. The interviewer always asks if you have questions, and no matter what, you must have one or two ready. If you say, "No, no," he can conclude that you are not all who are interested in the work or company. A good multi-purpose question is, "If you can design the ideal candidate for this position from the bottom up, what is he like?"
If you have a series of interviews with the same company, you can use some of your prepared questions with everyone you encounter (for example, "What do you think is the best thing about working here?" And "what kind of person you want to see most Fill out this position? ") Then, try thinking about one or two other people during each interview itself.
5. Practice, practice, practice.
One of the things that will be prepared with mental answers to questions like, "Why do we have to hire you?" It's another challenge to say it hard in a way that is confident and convincing. The first time you tried it, you will sound messed up and confused, no matter how clear your mind is in your own mind! Do 10 more times, and you will sound more subtle and smarter.
But you should not do your exercise when you are "on stage" with recruiters; Practice before you go to the interview. The best way to practice? Get two friends and practice interviewing each other in "Round-Robin": one person acts as an observer and "interviewee people" get feedback from observers and "interviewer." Go for four or five rounds, switch roles when you leave. Another idea (but sure both second) is to record your answer and then play it back to see where you need to improve. Whatever you do, make sure your exercise consists of speaking hard. Train your answers in your mind won't cut it.
6. Make success in the first five minutes.
Some studies indicate that interviewers constitute their spirit of candidates during the first five minutes of maintenance - and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm this decision! So what can you do in these five minutes to cross the door? Enter with energy and enthusiasm, and express your appreciation for the interviewer's time. (Remember: she may see many other candidates that day and can be tired of the flight. So bring this energy!)
In addition, start with a positive comment on society - something like ", I can not wait for this meeting [not" interview "]. I think [the company] does a great job in [a domain or a particular project], and I am really excited by the prospect of being able to contribute. "
7. Get on the same side as the interviewer.
Many interviewers see job interviews as adversarial: the candidates will try to lend an offer of the interviewer and the work of the interviewer is to hold him. Your job consists of transforming this "war tug" into a relationship in which you are both on the same side. You can say something as simple as: "I'm happy to have the chance to learn more about your business and let you learn more about me, so we can see if it's going to be a good match or no. I'm always thinking that the worst thing that can happen is to be hired in a work that does not go for you - then no one is happy! "
8. Be claimed and assume responsibility for the interview.
Perhaps on efforts to be polished, some generally assess candidates become too passive in job interviews. But politeness does not correspond to passivity. An interview is like another conversation - it's a dance in which you and a partner move together, both responding to each other. Do not make the mistake of sitting to wait for the interviewer to ask you about this Nobel award that you have won. It is your responsibility to make sure it moves away from knowing your main points of sale.
9. Be prepared to manage illegal and inappropriate issues.
Maintenance issues on your race, age, sex, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation are inappropriate and in many illegal regions. Nevertheless, you can get one or more of them. If you do it, you have some options. You can just answer with a question ("I do not know how it is relevant for my application"), or you can try to answer "the question of the question": "I do not know if I will decide to have children In the near future, but if you wonder if I will leave my job for a prolonged period, I can say that I am very hired in my career and that I can not frankly imagine to abandon it. "
10. Perform your clear points of sale.
If a tree falls into the forest and no one is there to hear it, did he make a sound? More importantly, if you communicate your points of sale during a job interview and that the interviewer does not get it, have you marked it? On this question, the answer is clear: no! So do not bury your points of sale in long stories. Instead, tell the interviewer what your point of sale is first and then give the example.
11. Think positive.
Nobody likes a complainant, then do not perform negative experiences during an interview. Even if the interviewer asks you for a white point, "Which courses do you have the least liked?" Or "What did you like the least about this previous job?" Do not answer the question. Or more specifically, do not answer that as requested. Instead, tell something like "Well, in fact, I found something about all my classes that I liked. For example, although I found [class] be very difficult, I liked the fact that [positive point on the class] "or" I liked [a previous job] a little, although now I know that I really want [new job]. "
12. Close on a positive note.
If a seller came to you and demonstrated his product, then thanked you for your time and came out of the door, what did it hurt? He did not ask you to buy it! If you arrive at the end of an interview and you think you would really like this job, ask for it! Tell the interviewer you would really like you really were excited about it before the interview and you are even more excited now and that you are convinced that you would like to work there. If there are two candidates equally at the end of the research - you and someone else - the interviewer will think that you are more likely to accept the offer, and can be more inclined to you make an offer.
Even better, take what you have learned about your career assessment of your MyPath and you use it to explain why you think it's the job for you: "I did a self-- careful career assessment, and I know I'm most interested in [one or two of your most important career themes] and - Correct me if I'm wrong - it seems that this position would allow me to express these interests. I also know that I am most motivated by [two or three of the most important motivators of your MyPath assessment], and I feel that if I do well, I could get these awards in this position.
Finally, I know that my strongest capabilities are [two or three of the strongest capabilities in your MyPath assessment], and I see those who are the capabilities you need most for this position. If you follow this tip, you will be
(a) ask for work,
(b) explain why you think it's a good match,
(c) displaying your reflection and maturity, and
d) disarm with the dynamics of tug that the interviewers anticipate. You will do that. The strongest possible "close" - and it's worth a lot!
13. Bring a copy of your CV to each interview.
Have a copy of your CV with you when you go to each interview. If the interviewer misplaces his copy, you will save a lot of time (and embarrassment on the part of the interviewer) if you can simply pull your extra copy and put it back.
14. Do not worry about ringing "canned".
Some people fear that if they repeat their answers, they will look "canned" (or too polished or glib) during maintenance. Do not worry. If you are well prepared, you will make smooth and articulated sounds, not canned. And if you are not as well prepared, the anxiety of the situation will eliminate all "canned" quality.
15. Make the most of the question "Tell me about you".
Many interviewers begin interviews with this issue. So, how should you answer? You can enter a story on your born, what your parents do, how many brothers and sisters and dogs and cats you have, and it's good. But would you prefer to have the written interviewer what type of dog you have - or why should the company hire you?
Consider answering this question with something like: "Well, obviously, I could obviously talk to you about a lot of things, and if I miss what you want, let me know. But the three things I think are the most important for you to know about me are [your points of sale]. I can develop those a little if you wish. "The interviewers always say," Of course, go ahead. "Then you say," Well, with regard to the first point, [give your example]. And when I worked for [Society], I [Example of another point of sale] ". Etc. This strategy allows you to focus the first 10-15 minutes of maintenance on all your key points of sale. The question "Tell me about yourself" is a golden opportunity. Do not miss that!