Though the so-called “stress interview” is very much a thing of the past, the very thought of a job interview can reduce a perfectly fine candidate to a bundle of nerves. This is where good preparation can help in dramatically reducing the amount of stress you undergo during the build up. TAG has put together a few pointers that can help you during the run-up.
Scheduling your interview
When you set the time for your interview, make sure you get the basic information absolutely correct:
Time, date and location of interview.
The name(s) and title(s) of the interviewer(s).
Whether the job interview will be a panel interview.
Whether you are to bring examples of your work or other supporting documents.
Understand how and by who you will be interviewing you
Knowing whether you will be interviewing in a one-on-one situation or whether it will be a panel-based interview situation can help you in your preparation. If you can, get the name(s) of your interviewer(s) and do some research on them. It is possible that this information won’t be available to you, but there is no harm in asking. It demonstrates that you know how to prepare for different situations and are versed in anticipating events.
Read and re-read your resume
It may seem obvious, but in general recruiters always want to hire people who are confident in themselves and their abilities, so make sure that your resume is a clear reflection of your achievements and goals. In a demanding industry, it is extremely important that your recruiter sees a candidate that is self-confident and aware during the job interview, with an in-depth understanding of the key responsibilities they will be charged with.
Read up on industry developments
Employers are impressed by candidates who are well-informed, well-read and up to date with key developments in their particular field. Most industry sectors are very dynamic and ever-evolving spaces. Being informed of recent advances or changes in your field can help break the ice in a job interview by giving you something to talk about.
Research the Company thoroughly before your job interview
Google Google Google! Apart from the obvious online destinations such as the Company website and LinkedIn, pull up various articles that pertain to the Company culture, values, reputation and innovation. Look in to other Social Media sites that can help familiarize you with the Company image. All this preparation can help you answer the obvious direct questions such as “Why do you want to work for our Company?”
Go over the job description again
Make sure you know and understand the job description inside out. If you know someone within the Company, see if you can get them to send you a copy of the internal job listing. Quite often there is more detail in the internal listing than appears externally.
Anticipate their questions
There are the obvious ones that will inevitably surface, starting with “Tell me about yourself.” During your review of the job description, you will have noticed the particular experience and skill sets that the Company is looking for. Pay attention to those and highlight your relevant experiences in your answer. In short, tailor it so it becomes exactly what the Company want to hear! You should also prep answers that highlight not just your strengths but also your weaknesses and how you have gone about correcting those. It’s impossible to accurately predict exactly what will come up in your interview, but having key touchstone answers that you can weave in to different situations will be of invaluable help to you in demonstrating self-confidence and assuredness.
Prepare your own interview questions
You should absolutely ensure that you have your own questions worked out beforehand. You can inquire about specifics of the job, your responsibilities within a team environment and what expectations the Company will have for you as to future role direction. Try and keep your questions more towards the aspirational end and don’t ask the more direct ones such as compensation and benefits. Let the company broach those areas first.
What to take with you
Aside from any specific documents you have been asked to bring with you, don’t assume that everyone present at your interview will have copies of your resume to hand. Print a few out just in case. This will also benefit you if you need to fill out additional application documents as you will have all relevant dates and information to hand.
If you find this informative, we are always here to give you first-hand advice, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Talent Achievement Group are a Healthcare Recruitment Firm. For any inquiries contact our Managing General Partner Christopher MacIntyre on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (855) 824-5660. For further reading on all things career-related, TAG recommends www.themuse.com