Despite your many talents you might be wondering why you’re failing to land your dream job. There are a few key underpinnings to getting the most from an interview. It’s not just the important details (although we’ll go into those), but also the ability to empathize and see things from the employer’s perspective. Here’s a step-by-step approach to what you can do:
Step 1: Do your research
As a prospective employee, you need to show an avid interest in the company that you hope to one day be gainfully employed in. This means that you really need to do your research and find out everything you can about the company. Careful study of the position you’re applying for and its requirements is certainly a good first step.
Step 2: Prepare your questions beforehand
When you arrive at the interview you want to be armed with that research which should have led you to compiling your interview questions. A careful line of reasoning will allow you to compile a set of questions that will show not only your careful thinking about your position in the organization, but that you’ve also put some thinking into what they stand for and your future with them.
Step 3: Prepare the ground
Now that you’ve bombarded the interviewer with your keen intellect and shown them that you want to be a future CEO you need to show them why they really can’t afford not to employ you. Come at them from two angles:
- A quick and professional speech if you’ve only got a limited time such as a minute. A Personal Value Proposition saying exactly why you’re a perfect candidate.
- If you’ve got longer you can flesh this out with details of other successes and situations that you’ve been in that have made the most of your skills.
Imagination and forward thinking is what’s going to drive the interview, especially in the later stages or in subsequent interviews. You might be introduced to situations or simulations that they will undoubtedly know more about than you. Show flair,creativity and dynamism tempered with the stable foundation of excellent subject knowledge and these later stages will be as valuable as the initial stages. This type of forward thinking will start to make the interview panel start to see you in the light of being not only an employer but also a potential team member. Especially in Senior Roles this could be extremely invaluable.
Step 4: Know what your interviewer wants
The psychology behind your interview that we’ve already discussed is very important, but there are still fundamental errors that need to be avoided if you’re going to be a winner.
- Always dress appropriately. As much thought need to be put into your wardrobe as the other aspects. Remember that first impressions last. Your clothing needs to be regarded not just as the clothes on your back but also the mannerisms and etiquette that you bring to the table.
- Timeliness: If you are going to be late to the interview than employers are obviously going to draw the natural conclusion that your career at the company will be marred by these issues.
- Don’t just look as if you’re in it for the money. By advancing questions about salary too early you might appear too opportunistic.
- Communication is also important: Be a good listener and take on board the thoughts and opinions of the interview panel
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Good luck in your search,