Going for an Interview can be daunting enough without working full time and having little time to prepare for the interview.
So I have included the top 6 things I think you should do when preparing for an interview and once you are in the Interview:
1. Research the organization.
This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.
· Seek background information.
· Look at the interviewee on LinkedIn and find an in with them on either their hobbies or background so you can build a rapport with them from the start of the meeting
o Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.
o Assess their products, services and client-base.
o Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.
· Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.
2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.
· Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
· Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.
3. Plan what to wear.
· Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-coloured suit and professional shoes, is best.
· If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.
· Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
· Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.
4. Plan what to bring.
· Extra copies of your resume on quality paper
· A notepad and pen
· A list of references
· A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant ( a Brag File of your achievements)
5. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.
· Nonverbal communication speaks volumes.
· Remember that waiting room behaviours may be reported.
· Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.
· Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.
· Don't stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer's questions.
· Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.
Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”
· Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today's meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions.
· Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.
o In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?
o What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?
o Tell me about the organization’s culture.
o How will my performance be evaluated?
o What are the opportunities for advancement?
o What are the next steps in the hiring process?
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