How To Prepare For Job Interviews
For every great career move you will make, it will certainly be preceded by the job interview. These are some helpful tips that will help you get the job you are applying for.
Do research about the company.
Andy Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation, says that hiring managers often complain that applicants do not know the company they are applying for. In today's day and age, where information about anything can be had with just a few simple taps, there is no excuse for ignorance. Look up the website of the company you are applying for, read their mission and vision statement, brush up on the products and services they offer, and know the identity of their top executives. Get the latest updates from the company by going to their blog or press release page.
List down the questions that might come up.
In this way, you can get a mental edge by being prepared. You may not cover the entire breadth of questions and you may be asked something you have not listed, but the process of preparation will boost your confidence.
Prepare an answer for "Why should I hire you?"
This starts with identigying what the organizations wants and needs. You can glean this information by doing research about the company. Miriam Salpeter, a job serch coach, says that doing this helps you refocus on what a job interview is about, which is about the company and not you.
Focus on the hiring manager's needs.
Before you enter that interview, know that the reason why the entire process is being conducted is to ease the problem faced by hiring manager. That person is tasked with finding an ideal person for a position in the company. State your case by tackling the pain points of the organization and how you can contribute to the betterment of the company.
Clearly identify the skills that your employers are looking for.
You can get this information by taking a look at the social media accounts of the company you are applying for, the blog articles that they write, and the videos they post in their organization.
Search for yourself on Google.
Your employer will most likely do this, so it is best to see what they will find if they did. If you see something negative about you, be ready with a response.
Ask yourself why you should have this job.
You should be able to convince yourself why you are a good fit for the company. If you can convince yourself, then there is a chance that you can convince the hiring manager.
Identify your unique selling proposition.
In marketing speak, this is the special thing that only you can bring to the table. For your application, it is best to know what you can offer to your employer that no other applicant can. In fact, most hiring managers ask this. So better prepare for this question. Were you able to solve a problem that stumped many at your previous employment? Cite an instance where your skill got the best of a problem. Keeping these in mind will help you craft an authentic response to this critical question.
Plan to practice, practice to plan.
Executive Coach Anita Attridge says that you can prepare for the typical interview questions by thinking about what you should answer before the actual interview.
If you are still in college, make full use of your guidance and career center.
Since this department is mandated to help you traverse this very journey, you can easily ask them to help you prepare for the interview. They can set up mock interviews that can emulate what will happen in the actual one. By doing this, you can increase your confidence.
Don't memorize responses.
You will appear inauthentic and stages. No employer likes a phony.
Think about what happened in your previous interviews.
Chances are, you will find something that you can improve and apply it in your next one. Study how you approach certain questions, and identify the ones that you had the hardest time dealing with. Doing this will significantly improve your interview skills.