When you think about job-search there are really three big pieces – the resume, the interview, and the negotiation. Of course there’s is much, much more to it than that but those are the key pieces that landing a new job are built on.
When it comes to interviewing there are four critical things that must have to happen for it to work in your favor:
Prepare. As a job-seeker its your job to know the following (at a minimum):
- What the company does
- The company history
- The company mission / value statement
- All about the person you are speaking to (school, history with company, whether they like tennis or not)
- What the word on the street is (check Indeed and Glassdoor)
- Why you would be an asset to the company
- Why you would be an asset in that role
Remember its just a conversation. I have seen some people get so worked up over an interview that they start hyperventilating, freeze up, and almost go into a state of shock. The majority of the time the hiring manager is going to hire someone he/she likes so it behooves you to go in relaxed knowing that they are not the big bad wolf.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself. As someone who is trying to convince someone else that they are the best candidate for an open job there are certain ways you should act. I think the pictures below sum up pretty well what to avoid.
Find out what YOU need to know. When you are in an interview always ask questions. Always. You can ask why they like working for the company, what the team is like, etc but there are four questions that I think get to the heart of the matter:
- Why is this role open?
- How do you view my candidacy for this position?
- Are there any areas of concern about my skill set / background? (if there are this question will give you the chance to combat them)
- How are you going to ensure that the person gets hired is successful?
What are your most time-honored interviewing tips? What makes interviews work for you? Leave a comment – I look forward to reading them!
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!