The job interview is one of the most daunting parts of the job application process. You never know what to expect – whether your interviewer will be nice, or strict. Will they be casual, or serious? Will they ask questions that you can’t answer, or will it be easy? That’s why it’s extremely important that during your application process you are well prepared for your interview. Here are some tips on how to prepare and how to ensure that your job qualifications stand out so that you will too
Read The Job Description
The best way to answer questions about your qualifications is to prepare ahead of time. Before the interview, make sure to go through the job posting and all their requirements. See exactly what part of those requirements suite your skills and qualifications, then focus on highlighting those during the interview. Just because the interviewer asks what are your strengths, skills and experiences, doesn’t mean you have to enumerate every single one. Focus on the skills that are relevant to that specific job.
Check The Company Culture
Another important to look at is the culture of the company, as well as their goals, missions, and beliefs. This will allow you to connect your own abilities, your own goals and missions to that of the organization. When you are aligned not just in terms of job qualifications but in other aspects such as culture and beliefs as well, you will definitely stand out.
The most important thing to do is listen. Yes, you will be talking the majority of the time since it is your interview. But it’s extremely important that when your interviewer does talk, you listen with 100% presence. This is so that you fully hear and understand exactly what it is that person is asking for. A job interview is usually a conversation – not a monologue. So listen to what your interviewer has to say as well. This is their way of seeing your rapport and how you are able to converse with other people.
Show, not Say
The best thing you can do to demonstrate your qualifications is to show them. If you talk about your writing skills for example, bring a sample. If it’s creativity, show them your portfolio. Another good way to showcase your qualifications is by giving them a clear and concise plan about what you want to accomplish for the first 30-60 days on the job. This will give your interviewer insight on your capabilities.