When you’re applying for a job, the chances are that you’re not going to be the only person applying for that role. Your potential employer is probably going to be interviewing a bunch of people who all want the exact same job that you do. The way to be the best of that bunch is to plan an interview strategy. Luckily for you, we’ve written some advice on things you should think about before you even get into that interview room and what you should do while there.
Before You Get There
Learn about the Company
Whatever role you are applying for, you should research the company before you get to interview. A very common interview question is to ask what you know about the company already – so make sure you know something. It shows your potential employer that you are passionate and serious about the job because you’ve done your homework! A good place to start when looking up the company is their history and what they do. Who set up the company? How long has the company been around? What do they specialise in? If you can, try and look at their future development plans too. This gives you something to bring up when they ask if you have any questions – it ensures the interview is a two-way street and you’ll come across as a really strong candidate.
Prepare Answers in Advance
By thinking about the type of questions that the potential employer is going to ask – you can prepare answers in advance. If you haven’t already, read our article ‘The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For!’ and prepare answers for every single one. Don’t memorise your answers word for word– you don’t want to sound too rehearsed – but prepare answers so that you have an idea of what to say for each question. This means that there won’t be any awkward silences when you don’t know what to answer. If a question comes up that you haven’t prepared for – don’t worry. The preparation you’ve done might inspire some answers!
Think About Your Experience & Be Prepared To Give Examples
Everyone knows that in an interview, you’re going to be asked about your past working experiences. So before you go, think about your main skills and what evidence you have to show them. This shows to the potential employer that you’re not just saying you have the skills – you can provide strong evidence of how and when you’ve demonstrated them.
While You’re There
Keep it Concise
When you’re answering questions, keep it straight to the point - you don’t want to waffle too much. By being concise and showing evidence and examples, you’ll come across as professional, organised and experienced. It shows that you’re not lying about your skills and are confident in answering their questions.
Showcase Your Ambition
In your interview, you should illustrate your passion and ambition for the job. Show to the employer that by hiring you, they’re investing in their future. Asking questions about career growth and development opportunities shows them that you’re in it for the long haul and want to start your future there. By doing this, it shows the potential employer that you are genuinely passionate about your career and that you won’t just be a short-term member of staff, which makes you look like a great candidate.
Focus On Your Uniqueness
The interviewer wants to know how you stand out among the other applicants. Therefore, you should focus on qualities that you have that are different to what other people may offer. For example, if you’ve taken a course and are very experienced in Microsoft – explain this to the employer while talking about your skills. This is your chance to show your potential employer why you’re different to everyone else.
Good luck with your job interview! If you need anymore advice, keep an eye on our blog for more information to help you secure your dream job.
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