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Each interview process is different; however the way in which a candidate can prepare and ultimately deliver is crucial in providing the highest possible chance of securing them the job offer that they desire.
”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”’ In my opinion, this saying could not be truer than when it comes to interviewing. The interview process is an opportunity for the candidate to understand if the job role and organization fit their expectations and can support their career aspirations, as much as it is the other way around.
Below I’ve included my top tips when it comes to interviewing successfully:
- Research & Preparation
As mentioned above, preparation and research for any stage of an interview process is critical to your success. As an interviewer, it’s very easy to spot those individuals who have prepared vs those that are ”trying their luck” across many different roles. I would advise job seekers to review the usual sources such as the company website, but the most impact is made when researching beyond this. This can include reaching out to people already working in the organization via LinkedIn, searching video content or interviews from senior leaders within the organization, and building a genuine understanding of the organization and how the role you’re interviewing for impacts the business. This level of research and preparation will set you apart from most other candidates.
The best interviews are those that occur as natural conversations, rather than interrogations. Therefore, my advice would be to not shy away from asking questions throughout the interview and showcasing your natural curiosity versus waiting until the end to ask the questions you have already prepared. By asking questions that relate to the topic of discussion, it shows a genuine interest in the organization and the role you are interviewing for, ensures you can personally build an understanding of what it is like to work for the company and what would be expected of you, while achieving the desired back-and-forth conversation instead of one-way questioning. The quality of your questions will ensure you stand out versus those candidates who have not put much thought into it. My recommendation would be to think about what you want to come away from the interview having found out. What information would be crucial for you to uncover to make an informed decision should you receive a job offer?
There is always a lot of pressure to perform in an interview, and although nerves are to be expected and certainly show how much the candidate wants the opportunity, it’s important that this doesn’t hinder your chance to showcase your personality. My advice would be to have fun with the process and prepare ahead of time to ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible going into each stage. More and more organizations want to ensure that they are building the right culture across their business unit, and bringing part of yourself to the interview shows how you can be an asset to building that culture.
”People do business with people they know, like and trust.” This saying can translate to hiring, but you only have a short time in which to impress the interviewers and stand out as a memorable candidate. Therefore, bringing your personality, building rapport throughout the interview and delivering on what you said you would through previous stages (and providing previous examples in the working world) can make you more likable and trustworthy to your prospective employer.
Once the final stage of the interview process has finished, you still have a chance to stand head and shoulders above your competition. You might be asking ”How? The interview is already over.” The most memorable candidates that I have come across are those who follow up with an email/message to genuinely thank the team for the opportunity and, most importantly, outline their key take-aways. This is something that isn’t required of the candidate and therefore shows a proactive approach to their career aspirations and for me, adds to the point above regarding personality and trust.
All interview processes are different, but in my opinion, if you can prepare meticulously, ask high-quality questions, engage in natural conversation and bring your personality throughout the entire process, then you put yourself in the strongest possible position to secure the job offer. This is your career, so it’s important that you come away from the interview knowing you not only gave it your all, but also gained an understanding of the company and job role to ensure you make an informed decision.
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