Be Prepared. Do your homework.
“There’s only one interview technique that matters… Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare.” Jim Lehrer
It’s shocking, but most people fail to fully prepare for an interview. Can you imagine a professional athlete who neglects to prepare for a game, match or competition? It does not happen.
Follow these six simple tips and outperform the competition.
- Research the company. Find out everything you can about the company, those with whom you will interview with as well as any other information you can find out. You should know, what markets they are in, who their competitors are, if they are private or public, etc…. Having insight about the company will allow you to ask smart questions.
- Review the Job Description. Keep in mind the job description does not always match what you will be responsible for but it should give you an overall picture of the role. It is also a great source of questions that will help generate an open discussion with the interview team.
- You must sell yourself. This is not a time to be bashful. It is important to show that you have helped your past employers either save or make money. Develop a list of examples you can use.
- Ask questions. Remember you are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you. Asking questions of the manager about his/her management style is important. It shows you that want to be in an environment that works for you. Ask about the challenges they are facing and what problems they are looking to solve.
- Be yourself. It is important never to overstate your qualifications or come off as someone you are not. They want to see your personality and learn about you and what you have accomplished. If you don’t know something, tell them. Don’t assume that if you can’t answer a question that it immediately disqualifies you for the job. Hiring managers look for honesty more than anything.
- Be straight and to the point. It is important to answer questions directly and support them with detailed examples. Be careful not to ramble or get off the topic. This is where the interview preparation worksheet will come in handy.
If you follow these six simple interview tips it will go a long way to help you perform well in an interview.
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