Interview Preparation Tips
Most jobseekers think they’re ready for an interview, but in reality they’re not. By not being fully prepared you could be destroying your chances of landing a job offer. Here are three key ways you might not be fully prepared to ace an interview.
You can’t answer the question “Tell me about yourself” with a concise, employer-focused value proposition. This is typically the very first question hiring managers and recruiters ask candidates, and it’s where many jobseekers stumble right off the bat. Many jobseekers answer the question with a chronology of their personal lives, rather than a clear pitch outlining the top reasons why they’re a good fit for the position. To combat this problem: Prepare a brief proposition comprised of the key compelling points and examples from your career that relate to the requirements for the position. Need more advice on how to answer this question? Check out this video and blog.
You don’t know anything about the employer’s culture. One of the key factors prospective employers consider when interviewing candidates is cultural fit. If you don’t know the culture of the organization, how can you even begin to convey to the interviewer that you’ll be a good fit? To combat this problem: Research the employer online and review LinkedIn profiles of their current employees, if possible, to determine the overall culture of the organization. Is it very traditional? More modern? More creative or more analytical? Do you agree with the employer’s values and mission statement? Can you explain why you would fit in?
You haven’t compiled a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Many jobseekers freeze or simply forget to ask any questions during an interview. But interviewing is a two-way street. If you’re not asking meaningful questions (beyond simply inquiring about salary), then you’re showing a lack of preparedness. To remedy the problem, think about what questions you still have after researching the organization and its culture. Think about questions that might help you better understand the position and how you can be the best employee possible. Think about your potential future with the employer, as well. Don’t forget this one key question you should be asking but probably aren’t!
Happy job hunting!