3 Step Guide to Better Interviews
Gone are the days where you can graduate college/university and walk into a job with nothing more than your degree. Recruiters are now skimming hundreds of resumes for volunteer work, internships, additional courses, and anything else that can set you apart from the plethora of well educated individuals. While managing to land a job interview is a feat in its own, successfully getting the job is a whole new ballgame.
Trust me when I say that I have had my fair share of terrible interviews
1. Do Your Research.
So, you have managed to get an interview. Congratulations! Obviously you have the necessary skills, but now you need to learn what it is exactly that the recruiters are looking for. Lucky for you, the internet makes it easy!
- Search the positions on linked in – know what kind of people/experience have that position
- Research background info on the company, know their values/mission and how you could fit
2. Prepare Your Answers and Practice Out Loud
Being prepared may seem like cliche advise, however preparedness is not to be taken lightly.
- Look up questions specific/typical to that job
- Write down potential answers
- Practice reading them outloud to create a more natural sound
- Know what you’re saying and make it authentic
3. Ask Questions.
The number one thing people often forget to do is ask the recruiters questions. While you may feel as though asking questions makes you seem unprepared, recruiters see this as an opportunity to understand your interest in the position. While questions are encouraged, make sure that the questions you are asking about are meaningful and worth the time
- Ask job specific, not general – i.e. what do you forsee as the biggest challenge?