The Most Important Step
If you have gotten to the point where a prospective employer is requesting an interview, you can congratulate yourself on beating out at least 90% of your competition. In today’s economy, getting an interview is almost as difficult as landing a job was twenty years ago.
However, the game isn’t won yet. Although being chosen for an interview is certainly a great vote of confidence, it’s also the beginning of a much more competitive process. The purpose of this page is to give you a few tips and prep questions that will help prepare you to make a great impression in every interview you attend. And for professional, technical jobs, there most certainly will be more than one interview. Often, they are broken into two categories:
A Skills Evaluation
Focuses more on your qualifications and what will be expected as part of the job.
A Behavioral Evaluation
More of a personality test to see how you will work within the hiring company’s culture.
Interview Prep Q and A
Now, there are some other types of common questions that you may face. As mentioned above, you will probably be asked to participate in what is known as a behavioral interview. This could be a separate interview or as part of the first one. The questions asked in this form of interview are more to determine your personality and how you will react in different situations. We’ve compiled a list of these for you to review. As always, it is a good idea to go over them several times and have a ready answer for each.
Tips For a Successful interview
This is probably obvious, but important. Before you go into your interview, do a little prep work. Go over the potential interview questions in your mind and possibly with someone if you can. Make sure you have the proper directions to the interview and leave yourself more than enough time to get there. The last thing you ever want to do is be late for a job interview. Finally, bring several copies of your resume with you, just in case.
An employer wants someone who is confident and who has good self-esteem. The best way to communicate this is with positive eye contact. Always make eye contact when you first meet the interviewer and shake hands, as well as while talking and listening. Another way to show confidence is in your speech. Talk clearly and at a normal pace. Showing enthusiasm is great, but do so calmly and with a lot of smiling.
Know the company
Before you go into the interview, do a little homework. Visit the businesses’ website, read any recent press releases or other articles. You want to demonstrate that you are proactive about the job and the company. This can set you apart from other prospects. Along with this, it’s important to ask questions as well as answer them. Asking intelligent and pointed questions about the company and its activities will clearly show that you not only know your stuff, but their stuff too.
Know your stuff
Take the time to really know your resume inside and out. The odds are that the interviewer is meeting you for the first time and has many interviews, so they’ll ask a lot of questions about your skills. Give clear and detailed answers. If they ask what you learned from a particular job, have a few ready answers that can be backed with examples based on actual circumstances.