March 10, 2015 (original post here)
I may be the only person in the world who enjoys going on job interviews. I know that there are numerous tips and trick going around on how to nail an interview to get the job. To be honest I never really read any of those tips and I’m not too sure what they say, but I thought I’d share some tips to those who have interviews lined up!
With the amount of interviews I’ve been on they often vary. Some of them are formal interviews, some informal, group interviews, multiple interviewers, etc. Although there are different ways to go about the different types of interviews the basic tips are:
- Know the company: By showing that you understand the company’s goals and mission, you demonstrate the fact that you’ve done your research and you’re ready to be a part of that team. It’s also a great way to tailor your resume to be more appealing than other candidates’. During the interview you can talk about how your skill set and experience will help the company continue to move towards their goal/mission.
- Be personable: Some people get so anxious about the interview, they think that they need to sound like a robot – they think that they need to incorporate big vocabulary and complex words/sentences. For some interviews, you may need to demonstrate that you understand the lingo/shorthand that’s used within the industry, but building a connection with the person you’re interviewing stands out so much more. If you can create a picture in your interviewer’s head showing how you’ll be a perfect fit into the company, that’s more valuable and memorable. You can learn slang/lingo/shorthand through experience, but if you can’t create that bond, you’re missing an element.
- Ask relevant questions: It’s important to ask questions during an interview, but you need to make sure that they’re relevant to the actual job or company. Questions like, “Where do people go for lunch?” or “Where do people park?” are some of the worst questions you could possibly ask. When it comes to questions, ask about where that person sees the company going in the future, if there’s mobility to move positions, what a typical day is like, or how long it took them to move up within the company. By asking those questions, you appear to be willing to be with the company for the long-haul and that you genuinely want to see the company succeed.
- Don’t be afraid to get personal: This kind of ties in with the second bullet point, however you need to be careful with how you execute this. Sometimes revealing too much about your personal life and struggles can actually deter the interviewer from considering you for the job. You need to judge what should be talked about and what shouldn’t. If you do talk about your personal life, make sure that you relate it to how it helped you gain some type of skill that’ll help with the job.
Those are just some of the things that I got out of the 10+ interviews I’ve been on. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I think that these points helped me kind of stand out from others. In now way am I saying that these will guarantee you’ll get the job, nor am I saying that all of these tips will work for every job interview. These are just some things to consider before you go on the interview and hopefully by remembering that the person interviewing you is a person too, you’ll be able to relax a little and not get so nervous.
If you have any tips when it comes to interviews, let me know in the comments so everyone can see them!