Finding the right job is often a numbers game - the more interviews you attend, the more likely it is that you will find the position you are looking for.
This is NOT wasted time – consider it practise. With each interview you will gain experience
on how to project yourself, how to understand the sub-text involved with each question and how to answer authentically.
In other words – how to bring your real self into the interview situation whilst maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism.
Preparation is key:
There are things you have to do if you’re serious about getting that job and they include the following:
1. You have to gather information
about the company at which you are applying. What do they do? How big are they? Where’s their head office? Are they national or international? How long have they been in business? Who are their competitors?
2. What is their mission statement
and what does it tell you about their ethos? What is their vision statement
– what are they working towards?
3. Research the position for which you are applying.
What level is it within the company? Which qualities do you think they consider essential for you to possess? You’ll get a good idea of their core requirements from their mission and vision statements – this will clue you into their way of thinking – company culture – their priorities.
4. No matter how casual they may seem, you must always dress professionally for any interview
. For men, professional usually means smart pants and collared shirt –not jeans and T-Shirts unless it’s within a creative environment like IT etc. Even then, your first impression must say that you have taken the interview seriously – not slouched in off the street. If you get the job, you can alter your style to fit in with theirs later. For women, much the same suggestions apply – nothing overtly glittery and night-club’ish – well-groomed with a natural make-up look.
5. Define exactly what you can bring to the position before you go in. It’s important that you highlight what you can offer to them
and not just focus on what you want from them. Explain what you have understood to be their requirements and match yourself and your skills accordingly.
6. Recruiters generally do not like someone who takes over and aggressively sells themselves
– they see through the bluster very quickly.
7. Go in there quietly confident
– this is when all the research you’ve done will show results. You will be speaking from a position of knowledge which will help to give you confidence.
8. If you’re nervous, tell them you are
– they’ll understand. In a way, it shows you are taking this interview seriously.
9. Let them lead you
– explain what appeals to you about the position, what background you gleaned on their company and what excites you about working for them.
10. Lastly, and most importantly, be yourself
. If you don’t know something tell them and say it’s something you would like to learn more about – do your best to slip into a naturally conversational style – understand that they are people just like you and are just as eager to get the right person for the job as you are to work with them.
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