TOP TIPS FOR
Presented by Alvin Johnson
Interviewing, for even the most experienced
job candidates, can still be nerve-wracking.
Stay on top of your game with these tips to
make sure your next interview goes
smoothly and ends in success:
Don’t walk into that interview
without extensively researching
the company, the job itself, and
the industry they work in.
Interviewers often ask questions
about how you think you align
with the company’s mission,
how you perceive the company
to be doing in its field, or how
their competitors are measuring
up. Given the amount of time it
can take to research a company
thoroughly, focus your attention
on a few selected industries.
RESEARCH THE JOB
Even if the interviewer doesn’t explicitly ask why
you’re the best candidate for the job, go in
prepared to answer. Have three to five solid
reasons in mind that you can expand on, and
loop those reasons into what about the job
appeals to you. If the interviewer can’t sense a
strong interest in the job and company, it
doesn’t matter how good you are: you likely
aren’t getting an offer.
BE CLEAR ABOUT WHY YOU
WANT THIS JOB.
One of the challenges of interviewing is that there are more applicants than spots available, and
that means the interview is as much a getting-to-know-you process as it is a screening.
Interviewers are looking for ways to weed out people who don’t fit certain criteria. By anticipating
what these concerns are, you can then speak to why you are a good fit, regardless.
There are lots of “how to
interview” books and articles out
for consumption, and any one
list or book has dozens of
questions. Try to find the ones
that are most applicable to you
given your current status, and
figure out answers to those
ahead of time.
COME WITH QUESTIONS.
Questions for the interviewer indicate
sincere interest and attentiveness, and
a lack of questions can be taken to
mean a lack thereof. In the case of
having a series of interviews with the
same company as part of the potential
hiring process, it’s okay to reuse some
of the questions. Make sure to come
up with one or two original questions,
however, which you can think of and
cater to each specific interview.
If you’re worried that practicing your answers ahead of
time will sound rehearsed, don’t worry about that, because
they won’t. Instead, practicing allows you to grow more
comfortable with your answers and will increase your
confidence. Speaking with confidence will come off as
more convincing and smoother than it would otherwise.
Practice in front of a mirror or with a friend, but make sure
you practice out loud, whatever you do