Everything you do in your job search process leading up to the interview. This is where it all happens so you do not want to be flying by the seat of your pants here. Be interested as well as interesting. Put more emphasis on the company and the person who is interviewing you but yourself. You will have plenty of opportunity to sell yourself when you’ve established a good relationship. So here are some tips on how to maximize the positive impact you have in any interview.
1. If you are on their property – or block them – you are on stage.
The interview begins with the impression you make of all that you experience from the moment you step out of the car – or get on the block where the company is located. People from the company are always in the vicinity and are very likely to be asked their opinion of you. This includes parking attendant, security, and especially, the receptionist. Do not blow the interview before it has a chance to start.
2. Until 15 minutes early.
In addition to giving you the opportunity to go to the bathroom and check your appearance, arriving early gives you a chance to catch their breath. More importantly, it gives you the opportunity to evaluate the culture that you follow their interactions as you see and read the information the company has set the reception.
3. Your 30 second introduction.
People have a short attention span and innovations like MTV and movies with rapid “jump cuts” have drawn the attention span further. That means it is important that you carefully craft what the person you are talking to hears while they are still listening to you – and 30 seconds may be close to their limits. You want to make sure they hear the important achievements and skills you bring to the table without a long buildup.
4. Polish your success.
Past performance is considered to be the best predictor of future performance, and success stories are the most powerful weapons – both your resume and interviews. Success is your situation you were handed, the action you took and the result you produced.
a. The situation 😕 What was the problem, mission, goals, quotas, etc you were delivered
b. Your actions, what actions did you (and your team) take to solve the problem, to complete the project, to achieve the goal
c ?. The result: what were the measurable results that you (and your team) had? If you can not make a measurable result, make it memorable.
5. Know the types of questions you might be asking.
For sure you will be asked “tell me about yourself”. The perfect answer to this is a 30-second entrance. Other frequently asked questions are the strengths and weaknesses, behavioral questions (“Tell me about a time when …”), and, of course, fear the money question.
6. Be prepared with good questions to ask.
questions you want to ask, especially in the early interviews, they are indicating your knowledge of the profession – someone who was not trained in it you would not know to ask that question. Other good questions are those that lead the conversation toward areas where you can fall into one of your success stories.
7. Follow, follow, follow, follow them back.
This is a job search and your priorities. Always keep the next step in your court so you do not have to sit at the phone waiting for a call. Find out what the next step and get a tacit agreement that if they call you do not, you will contact them.