Your resume and networking activities worked...you got the interview! Now is the “make or break” point of your candidacy. Whether a screening call or in-person interview, preparation is the key to making the next round.
Interview preparation is more than just researching a firm and arriving on time. If you’re having limited to no success, and things seem to hit a wall, read on for strategies and steps you should seriously consider.
Many people don’t look at the interview process as a strategic one—where you can actually improve your chances by deploying strategies instead of just steps.
Research the company, industry and competitors. Review the job description again—thoroughly. Identify who you’re speaking to on the call or in-person interview in advance.
Get your relevant work stories and accomplishments ready—ones that clearly convey your “fit” for the role and company. Back-up your resume with specific examples of how you’re going to contribute and get the job done. Focus on your relevant attributes and practice the dreaded behavioral questions:
The different types of interview formats include: unstructured, behavioral, group panel, competency, and web-based. The successful candidate will adapt his/her approach and strategies for each.
Your approach and questions should differ depending on the interviewer.
These different audiences will have varying perspectives and levels of understanding about the role you’re applying for. Their experience and purpose in the interview process will also differ. Have targeted questions ready for whoever you’re interviewing with.
Don’t underestimate the importance of this topic! Differentiation is crucial for career transitioners and an etiquette mistake could negatively impact your candidacy.
Remember... prior to an interview the only impression an employer has about you is from an Internet search, a LinkedIn profile, resume, or through a referral. Some areas to consider:
Now that we’ve shared some strategies and tips with you, how much would you benefit from honing your interview skills and techniques? Has it been a long time since you’ve interviewed? Are you getting first round interviews—but no call backs?
If any of these apply to you, interview preparation / coaching can help. Contact us today.
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