Lots of guidelines on preparing for an interview have been disseminated. Through the years, countless pieces of advice have been given, some of which have worked for applicants. Gathering some of the helpful tips that have been featured in blogs and other informational materials can come in handy for that next interview.
Take note of some general guidelines you can use to ace a job interview.
First and foremost, try to visualize how the interview may go, based on the requirements of the organization. A quick insight into the interviewer’s mind – what he or she is trying to draw out or to assess – may help. Remember that almost all companies want to find out if you are a good fit for the position offered. Hence, most of the questions may be phrased in such a way as to draw out responses that will help them determine if you:
- Are equipped with the knowledge and skill needed for the job
- Can show behavior/actions that will benefit the company
- Can create impact or meet the expectations that come with the position offered
- Are serious enough to have done your homework and learn more about the firm
- Will be a good fit to the company’s existing corporate culture
Here are five simple pointers you can use to your advantage:
1 & 2. Be ready to demonstrate your technical and behavioral competencies, based on the job description of the employer. Go over the technical tasks and responsibilities you have handled in your previous jobs.
Pay attention to phrases uttered by the interviewer, such as “Tell me about a time when you had to show your dominant qualities in the jobs you mentioned.” Read pointers on spotting competency questions and be ready to respond to such queries.
3. Can you deliver impact and/or meet the expectations that come with the job? Employers are searching for someone who will make an impact.
4. Do your homework and learn what you can about the organization. Job interviewers will feel that you have real interest in the organization if you have done some research about it.
5. You can show that you are the right cultural fit for the organization. Be ready with concrete examples when asked about your job experiences and relations with other people. Try to be upfront and natural.
These are but some tips to help you stand out and highlight the best aspects of what you can offer as an employee. By clearly showing the interviewer the unique skills and personal attributes you have, and by framing your responses well, you stand a good chance of getting the job you applied for.