Interviews are a nerve-wracking experience, even for candidates at senior level. They can also be extremely frustrating if you don’t seem to have much luck with them, despite being the perfect fit on paper. Interviews are a testing time for even the most confident of candidate, but you can always improve on what you have, if you want to get more job offers. These are some steps to take to get the most out of your interview.
Understand the Company
It is standard to have some knowledge of the company you are being interviewed for, but if you really want to boost your interview chances, invest time in really getting to know how they operate and their position in the market...the internet holds a lot of information on companies, use it! They might not ask you directly about your knowledge of the company and they often don’t, but you can really use it as part of your answers to impress your interviewers. As an example, you could be asked about your career plans and incorporate the opportunities the company offers into your answer. If the interviewer believes you are in it for the long haul, they’ll be more likely to want to hire you and shows you'e done your research.
Show Your Personality
Interviewers are obviously looking at your experience, but they also want to be able to work well with you and showing your personality is just as important. Interviews can be uncomfortable situations where many people take on a different persona, but it is better to be your own genuine self. Think of it as a conversation, rather than an interview and you’ll be more likely to let your personality shine through.
Study the Job Description
When it comes to predicting the content of the interview, the job description can often give a lot away and is amazingly so often missed or glossed over by many candidates. The job description can tell you exactly what the employer is looking for and as such, the questions will be directly centred around this. If you prepare for the interview based on your questions about the role, AND the job description, you’ll be in a much better position to answer their questions fully and relate them to the job.
Honesty is the Best Policy
According to 69% of employers, lying in an interview situation is an instant deal breaker. You might find yourself being asked uncomfortable questions which you are unable to answer, so always be as truthful as possible. Honesty is always the best policy, regardless of the question. A positive way to answer a question, when you don’t have the relevant experience is to say you are willing and eager to learn.
Ask a Killer Question
The interview always concludes with an opportunity to ask some questions and this is the time where you can set yourself apart from other candidates. Most will ask general questions, such as the working hours, salary or benefits, but you can ask something a little different to show your interest in the company. Questions might include ‘who do you consider your biggest competitors’, ‘what are the biggest challenges facing the organisation’ or ‘how would you describe the culture.’ These are always good questions to give you a better understanding of the company and they show a genuine interest in the company, which the interviewer is looking for.
Interviews are not just a time for you to showcase your experience, they also give you the opportunity to discover whether the job and company are a great fit for you too. Interviews are a two-way street, so don’t forget to ask those all-important questions.