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.

 

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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 ?
  1. 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
  1. Always send a thank you note
  • Directly to the interviewer (email is acceptable) ~ ask for their business card when you finished the interview
  1. Follow up
  • With your direct contact within 1 to 2 weeks of the interview to see where their decision is at in the process
  1. 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?

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