In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job. Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization's culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer.
7-Steps Interview Prep Plan
This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.
· Seek background information.
· Get perspective
Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing.
· Develop a question list.
Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.
· Analyze the job description. Outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.
· Examine the hierarchy. Determine where the position fits within the organization.
· Look side-by-side. Compare what the employer is seeking to your qualifications.
Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions. We encourage you to meet with us to practice telling your story in the best possible way.
· Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best.
· Err formal. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.
· Plug in that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
· Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.
· Extra copies of your resume on quality paper
· A notepad or professional binder and pen
· A list of references
· Information you might need to complete an application
· A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant
· Be mindful. Nonverbal communication speaks volumes.
· Start ahead. Remember that waiting room behaviors may be reported.
· Project confidence. Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.
· Posture counts. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.
· Be attentive. Don't stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer's questions.
· Respect their space. Do not place anything on their desk.
· Manage reactions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.
Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”
· Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today's meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions. Please allow me to review my notes.”
· Be strategic. Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.
o In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?
o What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?
o Tell me about the organization’s culture.
o How will my performance be evaluated?
o What are the opportunities for advancement?
o What are the next steps in the hiring process?
Edited by: Yemen Career Team
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