The specific purpose of the interview is to ensure you are the right fit for the job. You are naturally applying for the position with the hope of receiving the job offer. If you want to impress, start with a plan to prepare, practice and develop your skills.
Points to Consider When Planning Your Preparation
1. It is essential to leave a lasting impression during your interview. It is even more important you can do so within the first few minutes of greeting your interviewer. It is critical to remember there are a significant number of talented individuals eagerly seeking gainful employment. It is equally accurate to assume there is a considerable amount of job seekers applying for the identical position you are. Therefore is extremely important that you STAND OUT and leave the interviewer with a lasting impression.
2. Confidence is vital, but it is fundamentally important to remember that too little confidence can leave a bad impression. It is equally significant to remember that too much confidence can leave the interviewer with the wrong impression. It is about achieving balance and exercising it correctly. Start with a firm handshake. Make eye contact and greet the interviewer with a voice filled with confidence and respect.
3. Start and finish your interview with consistent enthusiasm. Steadfastly maintain a consistent level of unshakable confidence and active interest from start to finish. It is all about selling a “comprehensive package.” You are ultimately selling something you have yet to demonstrate. It is significant to lay the necessary foundation to demonstrate the core values, specific skills, and experience you will bring to the position.
4. Focus on highlighting the fundamental value you bring to the table rather than the potential benefits you will be undoubtedly gaining. I am certain most will agree that knowing what to ordinarily expect in specific terms of salary and benefits is important. However, your principal focus should remain on sufficiently illustrating the value your skills and experience will benefit the company You will eventually get to the point of discussion about the salary and benefits, so practice patience. Utilize every opportunity to draw attention to what you have to offer.
5. Be real, not perfect. Perfect is an extremely difficult act to keep up. While dressing appropriately is important, it is equally significant to remember that you need to be real. There is no specific need for you to dig into your savings for a $1,000 suit to impress the interviewer. It is critical you sell your skills and experience, not your ability to wear a brand name suit well. Therefore, focus your attention on what counts. Professional and confident. That is the image to aim for.
6. Do your homework! Take the time to get to know the company prior to the interview. As part of your preparation, be sure to find out as much background info on the company, their visions, and values. This will not only give you a head-up on what to expect but also provides you enough information to prepare a list of questions you might want to ask. Ensuring you thoroughly comprehend the position, the goals, and the expectations are vitally important.
7. Much like traditionally preparing for a consulting case interview, you should practice answering the interview questions like you were answering the Personal Experience questions during a case interview. Work your specific answers into a unique story that adequately conveys your fundamental value and which will highlight how you will benefit the company.
For a specific example, instead of answering, “Yes, I possess training experience,” you can say. “I was instrumental in the induction process for all new incoming administration staff. This key role, which I both designed and developed included creating and sufficiently preparing all the training materials, as well as the induction presentation and knowledge assessment process.”
8. Practice typically remains the key to confidence. Take time to adequately prepare in advance. Practice answering questions, improve your communication skills and pay attention to your body language. There is always the possibility of skills tests, therefore it is important to ensure you find out in advance and practice essential problem solving, analysis and mathematical skills.
9. Most importantly, relax. You will not be of any benefit to your cause if you are nervous, as this will come across in your body language, sweaty palms, and even your communication. Practice and give it your best, knowing you have given your all is enough to offer your confidence the necessary boost.