Prior to the interview, doing your research is important. You need to know as much as you can regarding products, services, customers, even who the competition is, as this will provide an edge in knowledge and being able to address the company requirements. The more knowledge you have about the company, the higher your chances for selling yourself for the position during the interview. Also, knowing the culture of the company will provide great insight into how satisfied you will be with the job.
Interviews are not always the same format, and they do not have to follow a certain style, but there are certain questions that can be expected. It will help if you practice giving your answer to the more common questions asked in interviews, these regard personal strengths and weaknesses, and why you are the best for the position.
You can say you can do something, but being able to provide examples of you doing these things is entirely different. Fogarty advises that you “come with your toolbox filled with examples of prior work achievements. You need to be prepared for the recruiter’s questions and to anticipate them based on job position requirements. Consider examples with strong strategies used, and answer with details rather than generalities. For instance, say “Yes, that is something I have done previously. Here is an example.” He added that you should ask the interviewer “Did that help answer your question?”.
- Dressing for Success
First impressions can break or make any relation, including with the interviewer. You will be judged from the moment you arrive at the door. If you reached this point, you have hopefully done company research already and have an understanding of their culture, what they expect, and if they have a dress code. If you under-dress, you can appear to be too relaxed and doesn’t take things seriously. However, overdressing can be perceived s over compensation. If you were not able to find dress code information, it’s best to dress sharply, but not over dressed.
- Remain calm
By preparing early, you can maintain control. You should have your route planned out, provide additional time for unexpected delays such s traffic, and prepare what you need the day before the interview. You need to speak clearly, and body language is important. You should smile when greeted, and keep in mind that the interviewer is a regular person like you, and they could be nervous as well.
Some candidates think using techniques to avoid difficult questions is a good thing, but if you simply don’t believe you have a strong skill, just let the interviewer know rather than answering with examples that do not relate to the position. It appears better to be honest that you may not have that certain skill, but have skills related, and that you would be glad to list them.
- Closing the deal
During an interview, this is one of the biggest on more common mistakes. Once the interview is over, both you and the interviewer should have a good idea on where you stand. Interviewers likely already has a good idea by the last handshake if you will move to the next step or not. During the last handshake, be upfront. Being confident can go a long way. If you believe the interview went well, be bold and ask the interviewer where you stand. If you don’t think it went well, you probably have your answer already.
- Ask questions
Fogarty also suggests that you prepare great questions for the interview. He stated that nothing impresses more than a great question that indicates company research was conducted, but research on the position too. “These questions make me think, ‘Wow, they really did their homework. Not only do they have knowledge of the company, but the role too.”