Preparation and practice can greatly improve your odds on getting the job you want. When it comes to interviewing, there is no such thing as luck. The worst thing you can do is think you know it all, and/or not to take the advice of a professional in the recruiting business. There is a saying in the legal profession that “a man representing himself has a fool for a client”, and that phrase can be adapted to making a career or job change. Listen to a professional, someone in the business, and not something that some friend or your Uncle Louie (if there is an Uncle Louie) once told you. The next time you have an opportunity to interview for a job factor in these tips;
- As we always say, do your research. Search the company on Google, study their web site, learn everything you can about the company. Visit LinkedIn as well and research the individual you will be interviewing with, and if they are not on LinkedIn, do the best you can.
- Be careful what you find on google regarding the company. Don’t rush to judgment. Keep an open mind. You may find something about the company that wasn’t exactly what you were looking for in an opportunity, but at least interview! Unless you believe everything you read on the internet.
- Jot down questions you intend on asking or note about the company and your job. If you are having a phone screen (which is the direction many companies go), having notes in front of you is a no-brainer to help you focus. When you are in the middle of a interview, it is impossible to remember everything. That is precisely why notes help.
- Have a plan on how you intend on correlating experience. Meaning, you must tie in your experience with the job. Have examples of achievements, and accomplishments with results. Employers like individuals that have achieved things and are prepared to discuss those results.
- Elaborate, elaborate, and elaborate. As you can tell I cannot emphasis that enough. Be careful of the yes or no question! Never answer a question with a yes or no, always elaborate on your response. If an employer ask you, Do you experience with XY or Z, and you don’t. Answer with, Mr. Employer no I do not, BUT let me tell what I do have that is either similar or closely relates. The idea is to keep the conversation going.
- Last but not least, close the interview by stating your interest level, and by all means arrange a follow-up or at least establish a time frame as to when you can expect to hear something.
There are many more tips out there to utilize in your job search, but if you try these six, it will greatly increase your odds of landing the job you want. For more help on your job search, our web site is full of interview tips and tricks to help you get the job. Good luck!!