The interview day has come. You might be sweating it. However, if you’ve done your homework, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. The old adage stands true. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. For interview success you must be prepared.
Here’s a quick guide on some of the things you should cover before you sit across the table from potential employers.
- Understand the organisation
Researching the organisation that you are interviewing for is an obvious first step before an interview process. Easy ways to do this include visiting the company’s website and social media outlets. On the website, don’t just check out the “about us” section. Delve a little deeper. Find out about their projects. Look at some of their client business. Learn about them.
After picking up some knowledge from their own assets, see what others are saying about them. Google them. Read articles related to them. Once again, learn about them. Throughout these searches, you may find that you really like what they stand for. You may also find that there are some aspects that are not to your liking.
Based on your research of the company, now might be a good time to prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask them.
- Check your qualifications
If you applied for the role on account of an advert for the position, now’s the time to examine what it was they were originally looking for. Compare the qualifications on the advert against your own. Highlight your strong points against these qualifications. Also, be aware as to where you may be weaker.
- Prepare responses
Some interviewers still ask that dreaded question, “what are your weaknesses?” No matter how dated this question may seem, it would be wise to prepare an answer. Obviously, don’t tell them anything that would make them not want to hire you. Addressing a past issue that you are trying to resolve is generally a good response. For example, “I used to respond to problems quite rashly. However, I have started to take a more considered approach to issues, to ensure I will attain the best possible outcome to a problem”.
- Ask questions
At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Have some prepared – but don’t ask something just for the sake of saying something. You’re applying for a job here and generally that means that you are prepared to spend a large amount of your time with this company. You must have some genuine questions for the role or the organisation.
Remember, this is a two-way interview. Yes, they may be interviewing you, but you need to make sure that they are the right fit for you too. Ask them about the business. Is it a good place to work? What does success for your role look like? Is there a career ladder in place? What are the next steps in the hiring process.