1. Do your research
Focus on the job description, know about the company’s position and its industry. Learning as much as possible about a company’s services, products, customers, and competition will give you an edge in understanding and addressing the employer’s needs.
2. Look sharp
- Dress professionally, plain, and simple. “As long as you look presentable, the interviewer is going to be paying attention to what’s coming out of your mouth, not what you’re wearing.”
3. Arrive early
- The last thing you want to do is show up late (or not at all)
4. Project enthusiasm
- The hiring manager will want to see that you’re passionate about your field and the job that you’re applying for, so bring some energy to the room.
“A firm handshake and plenty of eye contact demonstrate confidence”
“Speak distinctly in a confident voice, even though you may feel shaky”
5. Prepare your “selling points” and the reasons you want the job
- Go into the interview with three to five key selling points in mind, such as what makes you the best candidate for the position and have an example of each selling point prepared.
- be prepared to tell the interviewer why you want that job – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what abilities it requires that you possess.
- Be prepared to answer the question ‘’Why should we hire you?’’
6. Listen carefully
- Don’t interrupt when the other person is talking; maintain good eye contact and face the speaker directly; and put away your cellphone.
7. Ask questions
Hiring managers often conclude job interviews by giving the candidate a chance to ask them questions. While you may be tempted to skip this part and run for the exits, it would be a terrible mistake. Take full advantage of this opportunity.
A few recommendations:
- Why is this position open?
- What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 90 days?
- Are there opportunities for additional training and education?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- How is performance measured in this role?
- End on the right note and be positive
- State you are keen to proceed. Ask “Is there anything else you would like to know in order to proceed me to the next stage?”
Be prepared to answer the WHAT, WHY, HOW & HELP questions
WHAT would you like to achieve?
WHY do you want to achieve it? This is the “dream” I guess. (Both short term and long term)
HOW can you make sure you getting closer to your goal?
HELP you’ll need along the way.