Our Six-Step Guide to a Successful Job Interview
For most of us when we finally land the job interview, the process almost seems complete and we are just waiting to see what time they want us to start our first day. However, you have to realise that your potential employer will be interviewing a dozen or so equally enthusiastic candidates. What preparation you do now will make the difference as to whether you’re hired or filed.
That’s why job interview coaching is important. You need to start fresh once you have found out that you’ve been offered an interview and start a whole new process to make sure you ace the interview and land the job. Because lets face it, you’ve worked too hard to get the job interview in the first place to just throw all that hard work away by not preparing.
Here are six steps that we think will help you prepare and ace the interview:
First Step – Research
Research relevant information about the company and the way they handle their interviews. Good sources to gather information from are:
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Their annual reports Their press releases (go to Google News and type in their company name) “About Us” (or equivalent) section of their website, Anyone you know that works or has worked for them. With this information, you’ll have a better picture about the company and help you prepare for the employer interview questions.
Second Step – Practice
Now that you have done your research, it’s time to practice answering questions. The best way to do this is by getting job interview coaching. The reason being that a job interview coach will not only give you directions in structuring your answers, they will also help you improve your interpersonal communication skills and most importantly improve your confidence.
Job interview coaching not only helps you with standard interview questions; it can also help you answer those tough questions that some employers like to use to test how you deal with pressure situations. Keep in mind that there are online sources for job interview coaching now that provide you with cheaper alternatives to face to face coaching, such as telephone coaching or interview coaching through DVD and online video.
Third Step – Delivery
This is where your research, coaching and practise come into play. If you’ve followed the steps above and invested in job interview coaching then you should have no difficulties nailing the interview and getting the job. Just remember, be confident without being cocky, be prepared without sounding like a robot, and most of all relax and take your time.
Fourth Step – Impression
First impressions really last because the way you look or handle yourself may affect the entire course of the interview. Bear in mind that you only have one shot of making things right and other candidates are also in line for the same job that you’re interested in.
Present yourself as the ideal candidate by smiling, have a firm handshake, and making eye contact with your interviewers. You should dress to impress, the rule that it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed is particularly important when it comes to job interviews. Be sure to make a strong first impression or your job interview may end before it has even started.
Fifth Step – Communication
Always remember that you are talking to a person who may become your future boss, so being nervous or shy can come back to bite you. Engage your interviewer by asking intelligent employee interview questions and showing your enthusiasm and interest for the job. Take your time, think before you speak and always be honest.
Sixth Step – Follow Up
In the current job market, some employers get thousands of applicants for each job they post. A quick email or phone follow up or “thank you for your time” message can separate you for the herd. Also, whether you get the job or not, it would be advisable to get business cards of the interviewer(s) and all the people you interacted along the way.
We hope these steps help you land your dream job!
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