Best Practices for an Outstanding Interview
Make a good impression in your job interview, and you’re one step closer to landing your dream job. Once your interview is scheduled, be sure to research the company/interviewer and be ready to ace the interview and get an offer!
Here are 8 strategies to make a great impression at your interview;
- Demonstrate your knowledge by asking thoughtful, relevant questions. Your questions should uncover more information about them and demonstrate your knowledge of the subject at the same time. Questions are typically under-utilized; good questions not only demonstrate your experience, they also help foster a back and forth conversation which uncovers more about the prospective opportunity and the organization.
- Use real life experiences as examples. Also integrate concrete facts and measurable data when possible. There is a big difference between: “Yeah, I’ve dealt with that in the past, no problem at all” and “Yes, in 2014 at Cambridge Health I dealt with that exact situation. We integrated a marketing plan to the general public which increased volume by 23%, and we never looked back!” Be prepared to discuss any aspect of your professional background; you never know what the interviewer is going to see on your resume and have a question about.
- Be yourself. Certainly, the goal is to present the best version of yourself, but it’s important to be yourself throughout the interview process. You can prepare to say everything the hiring manager wants to hear, but if those responses don’t align with your own values and purpose it will create conflict moving forward. In addition to your relevant skillset and experience the hiring manager will likely hire someone she or he feels they can work well with. By giving them an accurate representation of yourself it will help foster a tremendous working relationship from day one.
- Be the solution. Have a spirit of “How can I be the solution to what they are looking for?” vs. “What’s in this for me?” This requires your psyche and energy to be in it 110%.
- Keep your energy up! Panel interviews can go on all day and so must your energy. Towards the end of the day you are wrapping up with key players in the decision-making process and it can be easy to “relax” because it is the last interview of the day. Stay on you’re a game and be prepared for tough questions and answer them with the same enthusiasm you had at the beginning of your day. Every interaction matters.
- Be confident and present. For on-sight interviews, you may be asked the same question by multiple groups. Answer each group with the same enthusiasm as the last. Be confident – be in the interview 100%.
- Make it a dialogue not a monologue. If you hear the sound of your voice for too long, stop talking and ask a question such as “does that make sense”? or “what else can I share?” If you’re not clear on the question, ask them to be more specific.
- Don’t bring up compensation. Also, don’t answer “what are you looking for money wise”? Honestly state what your current salary is and say something along the lines of “Compensation is important but improving my career path is my number one priority.” If you throw out a number, you are risking either low balling yourself, or pricing yourself out of the position.
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