The interview. Love it or hate it, it’s an integral part of landing a job. Following traditional logic, it’s the place where you can finally brag about yourself to a captive audience. While that may be true to an extent, that attitude won’t land a dream job any time soon.
Here are the top 3 tips to acing your next job interview:
Prepare: Unless you’re already in the market research field, this will probably be the tip that takes the longest. Break out the social media stalking skills usually reserved for vetting your best friend’s significant other and get to work on the company you applied to, or want to apply to. Go beyond just the website’s About Us page. Read through social media and blog posts, and search for them on sites such as Glassdoor or...Google. This can give you a sneak peak at the company culture, as well as insight into what the dress code might be.
Stay On Message: If you’ve ever watched a politician be interviewed, you might have noticed that they always manage to bring the discussion back around to things they want to talk about. It’s a tactic that you can use in your interview, provided you do a little bit of set-up beforehand. Ask about the most important requirements for the position while setting it up. Based on what response you receive, pick 1 or 2 that most strongly fit you and stick to them. Almost any answer can be spun to include those traits, highlighting your fit for the job.
Have Questions: Though a familiar staple, the importance of having prepared questions isn’t to be underestimated. Lean towards insightful things, not just trite questions about salary or the rest of the process. A good question to ask: In the next year, what will earn a ‘gold star’? What accomplishments would they like to see within the next year? This question serves you two-fold. In addition to setting the expectation for you, it also shows the interviewer that you clarify parameters that may be unclear.
Though this just scrapes the surface of interview advice, it’s a solid starting point. If you want to get more advice for surviving and thriving during the job hunting process, visit the rest of our blog. It also has insights into how recruitment works that you can use to improve your skills.
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