Getting ready for your internship/job interview!
Awesome! Just got an email saying I was invited to interview for this great company which offers the job I am looking for! Well, don’t break out the champagne yet… Still all the legwork to do.
But don’t worry, face-to-face interview is not rocket science and with some preparation, you will be ready to rock’n roll and get that job you have been looking for.
Through our experience of interviewing candidates and some research, here are some facts about recruiting and some tips to kill the dreaded interview.
The average length of an interview is 40 minutes but it only takes 90 seconds for lots of managers to make up their decision to hire you or not. It is more than the 6 seconds they spend on your CV when they receive it but this is fast isn’t it? With that in mind, first impressions are king.
These first impressions are driven by two things.
Your outfit. It is the decisive factor for more than half of managers who have to decide between similar candidates. You got to dress to impress!
Your communication capabilities and how you present yourself. A strong handshake and posture, visual contact throughout the interview are relatively standard things to do but they can reveal themselves decisive.
Now, some advice to prepare for the interview.
Let’s start with the obvious. Get to know the company and the position you are applying for. What are the skills, soft and hard, required to be a high performer for the job. Could you imagine interviewing a candidate who does not have a clue about the activities of the company? It only shows lack of interest and low motivation. Make the manager feel like you already feel like a part of the company and that you share the same values and desire for performance.
Know your CV and what skills to put forward when answering questions. Every job is different and requires a different set of skills so adapt yourself. It will also demonstrate your ability to navigate multiple complex environments.
Be punctual! Do I even need to elaborate on that topic?
And psst, turn off the damn phone!
If you already have had job interviews, you probably realized that recruiters ask the same questions and that’s because, through trial and error, they have identified the questions that allows them to get the most information from a candidate. So we can thank them because we know what questions to prepare before hand.
Here are my favorites:
What’s the biggest challenge/obstacle you had to overcome and how did you do it?
How did you handle conflicts with your co-workers?
How was your experience with your former job and boss? Do not fall in the trap of trashing your manager!!!
What skills do you bring to the table and the position? What makes the top candidate?
The better prepared, the more confidence. You will be able to showcase your amazing skills and make a great first impression on the managers and recruiters.
Get a good night of sleep to be in Olympic shape the next day and you are ready to break some World Records!