A successful candidate will be prepared before walking into the interview. Preparation is mandatory, no surprise to you I am sure. However, if you prepare in several key areas you will stand out from the rest. You will need to know yourself, know the position, and then practice, practice, practice.
- Take Who Am I Self Assessment
- Practice, practice, practice
- Get stupid stuff of Facebook
If you want to impress the interviewer you will need to have a grasp on what makes you a good candidate. You need to know you. Take some time to fill out the Who Am I Self Assessment in this report and begin to understand whom you are and how you got to this interview. If you will have any chance at impressing the panel you will need to be able to articulate your vision and that starts with knowing who you are. Answering the questions in the Self Assessment will allow you to begin to understand how to answer common interview questions you will surely face.
Lastly, get stupid stuff off Facebook. This is self-explanatory. Just understand that many employers are now checking your Facebook page to get a gauge on your character. The best advice is to clean up your page or deactivate it.
Know the Position
• Mission of the company
• Core Values
• Annual report (if available)
• Position expectations and workload
When the interviewer asks you why you want to work for them and you list off new programs or approaches that they have in the works, their ears will perk up. The point I am making to you is there are many items that are easily accessible to the public that most candidates do not avail themselves of. Much information can be gleaned from these pieces of information and it shows that you really put in some research time. At my company we want people who want to join our team not just collect a paycheck. Take the time to learn about the position you are applying for.
Practice, practice, practice
This means you need to find your voice. Practice how you will answer interview questions. Practice in front of a mirror. Practice with your best buddy. Practice into a microphone and listen to the recording as you drive. Lastly, practice with someone with expertise on the subject of interviews. These people will be honest with you about what works and how you present yourself. Leave your pride at the door.