You’ve got an interview!...the result of a great deal of hard work by you so far. The next stage is to turn that into a job offer. The employer now wants to meet the person behind the application, to see the impact you could make, to understand more about your skills, attributes, motivations and to see how they hold up against those required to successfully carry out and then extend the role.
But it’s much more than that. It’s about people who may become long term colleagues, people who need to work together....it’s about the fit, the team, the department and the company.
The following may be helpful as you begin to think about interviews:
- Thoroughly research the company. You need to know all about them so you are speaking from a position of strength.
- Understand the job and understand yourself so they come together at the interview. The employer is always thinking "and your point is..."
- Dress appropriately, usually a little smarter than those already in the role. Don't underestimate the importance of a first impression.
- Plan your journey route, method and time...with backup plans.
- Smile and be friendly and polite to everyone you meet at all times. They may be asked or choose to offer their opinions later.
- Answer the questions. Be prepared to talk during the interview....yes and no's aren't enough yet be careful not to over rehearse.
- Ask for clarification. A moment's pause to think is always helpful.
- Try to use a variety of examples from different situations within your answers.
- Be yourself...be offered the job as the real you.
- Never give up.