During the hiring process, your resume is only one piece of the puzzle. Resumes get you an interview, not the job. It’s the job interview that lands you the job.
Unfortunately, the interview is where people most people mess up.
Even the most fantastic resume and killer credentials can’t mask poor interviewing skills. The interview is where you must display confidence, stellar oral communication skills, and the ability to articulate the value that you bring.
1) WHEN JOB HUNTING, THIS IS NO TIME TO BE MODEST
When developing your resume and preparing for the job interview, this is no time for modesty. An error job candidates make is taking a too modest approach – especially at the interview stage. The interview is your time to shine! What makes you the best candidate? What value do you bring? What are your accomplishments and achievements? Now is the time to think about and recognize your achievements.
Talking about yourself in these terms is challenging, but you must practice talking about your achievements and value; this is the key to a successful job interview.
2) PREPARE. PREPARE. PREPARE
I appreciate that you’re busy and that preparing for a job interview is a time-consuming task; however, it will be noticeable to the interviewers if you have not prepared properly.
The interview question may sound straightforward; however, when coupled with interview anxiety it is easy to give an unstructured answer. If you do not adequately prepare, you may leave out vital details or let your answer simmer to a halt.
Start preparing by carefully reading the job posting and job description to identify what the employer is seeking. Once you have determined this, think of times when you have met the criteria. Next, write out your answers. Your answers must be specific and detailed. Your goal is to re-create the situation so that the interviewers can fully understand what occurred. When talking about your achievements, make them measurable; this adds more impact.
3) LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT THE COMPANY
Before going into an interview, it’s always a good idea to do as much research as you can. Review the company website and social media sites. What can you find in the news about the company? Does the company have a mission statement and or values? If so, know them!
4) THE INTRODUCTION
Be aware of your body language, eye contact and voice. When you walk in, make eye contact, smile and give firm handshakes.
5) THE END
Smile. Make eye contact. Thank the interviewers for their time. Have a question prepared.