Interviews, 11 tips to help you get that job, the one you always wanted … Going for an interview is always pretty stressful. Let’s face it, it is like going on a first date, it is the ultimate first impression you are putting forward of yourself – it is all you, and only you. And if it is the perfect, dream job you have been looking for, wanting so badly, with every inch of your body … well then it is even more stressful. So it is important to get yourself well prepared, and because I have interviewed many people in my working life, I thought I would share all that experience with you, so I built a list of tips for you, from me. Your CV or resume is key Ensure that you have spent the time making a true, well versed, & interesting read of your career Include what you want to achieve from a career to give the interviewer a sense of you Have 2 hard copies, bound of your CV – one for them and one for you And your portfolio if it is applicable to your interview What you wear You can never look over dressed in an interview For a corporate environment interview ~ wear a suit, ladies & gents For a more creative environment, allow what you wear to show off your personality (accessories help with this) but no jeans, or anything casual Your hand shake Be firm, not soft and limp, & not the next Mr Universe And practice until you get it right, & then never change from there Have a few crib notes on YOU Know your CV inside & out, & be ready for any question on it Have a few notes with you, like: your 3 biggest achievements, the 3 things you are most proud to have done in your career, the 3 things you loved most about what you have learned, your mentor and why they are that to you, and your 3 goals for your life. Know the job you are applying for The job description should be available for you from either the agent, or the HR person Get a copy before the interview, and read it Research the company, & their competitors Know the company you going for an interview with Look it up & read some literature on them ~ articles, on their website, press about them Know what they have done recently, and be able to refer to it What do you want out of this job You are also interviewing the company for you – does it suit you, can you work there, can you work for this person interviewing you ? Know your personal worth Be relaxed, and confident in who you are Do not be arrogant If you cannot believe in yourself, others won’t either Always send a thank you note Directly to the interviewer (email is acceptable) ~ ask for their business card when you finished the interview Follow up With your direct contact within 1 to 2 weeks of the interview to see where their decision is at in the process Have questions ready for the interviewer And below is a list to help you craft some for yourself QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU FORM YOUR QUESTIONS What would you deem success for a person in this role? What kind of person do you see being successful in this position? What is the work life balance view at the company? What do you like best about working at this company? How does this position fit within the company as a whole? How do departments work together at this company? How would you measure success of this position over the next six months, a year, five years? What is your company culture here? How would the criteria that would be evaluated when a promotion is considered at the company? What kind of a person do you think is required for this role? What kind of person do you work well with? What are the daily outputs this role would generate? Where will the company like to be in 5 years, for a growth point of view?