- When you are asked a question, specifically about a specific skill you will require,
or a challenge you have faced:
- address the question directly,
- discuss your answer, and very importantly,
- immediately attach that answer to your strength to consistently show you are a strong
Listen carefully to every question, and every component of the interview. Listen
beyond to understand what the motive behind the question is to better understand
what the desired outcome is. Typical “interview” answers will quickly blend you
in with the crowd. Keep showcasing strengths, and don’t be afraid to let them know
you are the right fit.
Following up is important, not only after the interview but before as well. Upon
booking your interview, you can send an email to confirm it and explain you are
looking forward to it. After the interview, you must follow up. This shows interest
in the position, organization, and a proactive attitude. REMEMBER: If you don’t
ask for the job, someone else will.
Interviews aren’t all about your resume. Companies and interviewers look for a strong
fit for the position for which they are hiring, but they also look for a fit within
their team and environment. Touch on other skills that make you a valuable team
member and show that you are ready to work with them, outside of just your specific
Interviews are a two way street. This is often forgotten. This is your chance to
ask questions too, and a lot of people miss out on this. The more questions you ask,
the more you will learn if this is a fit for you, and if this is a position where you can not
only utilize your skills but grow them. Asking questions shows the interviewer you
are engaged, interested, and prepared.
Dress for success. As it’s always been, image is everything. Dressing professionally
for a job interview shows you have taken the time to prepare your thoughts, and
your image. You reflect the company you work for, and as such want to look the part.
Never leave an interview without clear next steps. No matter how convincing you
are, you probably won’t get the job on the spot, however, it is absolutely vital
that you identify your next steps with the interviewer. Whether it’s a subtle question
about what the next step is, what else they need from you, or asking when to follow
up or what to look out for next, you goal should be to leave that room with a task