10th January, 2019
So, you have landed an interview for a seemingly wonderful job! Now what? Successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in an offer. If you have the right interview skills, they will help you get hired.
Here are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through delivery. Let’s start with an overview of the keys to positive interviewing.
Study the Company
Gathering background information on a prospective employer is crucial to successfully preparing for an interview. Review the employer’s website, especially the About Us section and don’t be afraid to request details on the position you are interviewing. When you demonstrate your knowledge about the organization it shows genuine interest, which is what interviewers want to see. Research the company’s history, its position in the market and new developments, particularly recent or planned changes that could affect your role.
Envision Yourself in the Role
If you believe your qualifications and the job requirements are the perfect match, don’t be shy about envisioning yourself in that role. When asked, be prepared to comment on what you can accomplish in your first 60 or 90 days on the job; however, don’t come across as a know-it-all whose mission is all about change.
Practice Makes Perfect
Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions. Doing so will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the position. Ask a close friend or mentor to conduct a mock interview with you — someone with insight about recruiting and hiring processes is ideal! Record the mock interview and review it to see how well you answer questions.
Try on your interview attire — make sure it fits and that you feel comfortable. Practice your interview responses so you’re comfortable enough to deliver answers with confidence. Don’t wait until the last minute to get directions to the interview location and estimate your travel time. Give yourself enough time to arrive several minutes early so you have time to decompress and relax before your meeting.