Preparing for your job interview: What to remember that you’re likely to forget
Job interviews can be intimidating. Most of us know how to conduct ourselves; there is plenty of information out there and your recruiter most certainly will have given you some pointers. However, although you’ve spent time preparing for your job interview, amongst all the nerves you’ve suddenly forgotten all the basics.
Every company conducts job interviews differently, and you can’t be prepared for absolutely everything. However, you can be prepared enough to do the basics well, and with a confident baseline, you can handle anything else that comes your way.
Preparing for your job interview? Follow these six tips to ace your next job interview.
1. Research the company values
When preparing for your job interview, many people will spend all of their time researching a company and trying to memorize every service, and product while forgetting to look at the company values. Products and services are important, of course, but a prospective employer is going to want to see that you align with their values. Being well researched on these will allow you to more confidently frame your answers to highlight your cultural fit for the organisation.
2. Mirror your environment
This applies to both dress code and body language. In your research, you should learn how employees in this organisation typically dress. If no one ever wears a suit, don’t wear a suit. Always dress professionally but dress to fit into your environment. Then, be mindful of your body language and mirror your interviewer. If they are a little rigid, be mindful to sit up straight and keep hand movements to a minimum. If they are more casual and expressive, you can respond in kind.
3. Enjoy the dance
The easiest way to feel comfortable in an interview is to turn it into a conversation. This may not always be possible but asking questions and having a natural back and forth will help to make you feel equal to your interviewer, thus less under pressure and on the spot. Just remember to keep your responses concise and relevant.
4. Know your pitch
These days, companies care as much about who you are as they do about what professional skills you have. Be sure to know your professional selling points inside out. As well as having a strong story about who you are, where you came from and how you came to be the person you are today. Weave your professional experience into the story but also focus on the personal experiences you’ve had which lead you to your position now.
5. Know your weaknesses
Weaknesses are always going to come up. This could mean an area that you are not experienced in that the role requires, or something that you need, or want, to develop to be better in your position. Being unprepared for this question can make it look like you think you have no weaknesses or you don’t want to be honest. Anticipate what they may consider to be your weakness or skill gap, and highlight this while also demonstrating how you will counter it.
If you aren’t in sales you probably haven’t seen Glengarry Glen Ross, but you don’t need to watch the movie to take the advice of its most famous line: Always. Be. Closing. Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer what they think of you, if they think your skills fit, or if they have any concerns or feedback about you. These questions open up a door for you to address any hesitations, or win a little insight into their initial impression of you.
What are the biggest challenges you face in interviews? If you’re looking for your next role, or need some tips and tricks to get yourself across the line, visit our Job Seekers page, or give me a call today on 1300 452 986.