How to win your next interview

 

Before your next interview, being prepared is a key component for winning the interview. I am going to share with you what it will take to win over the interviewer and what steps to take in order to hear the words, “You’re Hired!”

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1. Do your research.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than being asked “Why do you want this job?” and your answer is vague like “I’m diligent and determined to get the job done.” Spend some time understanding what the company/department is about and if possible, what their objective or goals are. A better answer could be “I understand the department is striving to reach 500 million in sales this year. With my sales experience, passion, and desire to exceed expectations, I feel certain I have what you are looking for in order to achieve this goal.”

2. Do a sit with from someone working currently in the role you’re interviewing for.
This is such an important task that many fail to do. Almost every position where I have sat with someone in the same role, I was offered the job! No joke. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression and the importance to understand what the job entails. The more people talk to you, the more they have an opportunity to get to know and like you. Sell yourself!

3. Update your resume and cover page to reflect the position applying for.
Some people have multiple skill sets where they apply for different job types which is fine. If this is you, make sure to taylor your resume and cover page to reflect the position applied for. If you are applying for sales, don’t send a cover page or resume with an interest for information technology.

4. Prepare for the interview.
Find out if possible what type of interview style you will be having. Will it be a two on one-interviewer to interviewee, or will Targeted Selection questions be asked. If so, you can find Targeted Selection questions on the web that are suited for the type of role you’re applying for. Write down questions that fit the job and that match the specific job requirements. Bullet point your answers in order to stamp your mind of what to share during the interview.
Practice with someone asking you these questions or by yourself. They key is to have an idea of what the situation or task was you experienced, your action, and what was the outcome to show how you would respond if in the role.

5. Dress the part.
This is important during the interview as well as during the sit with. You want people to have a visual of you already being in the role. For a Sales gig, you don’t want to show up in shorts and a tank top! Unless you are working at the beach applying for a Surf Board salesman.

6. Ask questions relating to the position and or team.
It’s important to ask the interviewer some questions that show you understand the role and what’s important to you. Asking them what sets a good leader apart from an average one would be a good question if applying for a leadership role. Remember, you ‘re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you.

7. Show how much you want the job and how this job fits your career goals.
The key to any interview is selling yourself. It can be hard for many to do this, but who ever does it best, can win a job. If you’re applying for a leadership role, sharing your experiences in how you’ve mentored a peer to help aid in their development that has developed you for leadership role can go a long way.

8. Send thank you emails
Lastly, send out thank you emails to all of the interviewers is a good practice. This shows that you appreciated their time and if you don’t get the job, they will remember how professional and courteous you were. This bodes well for the next opportunity that may present itself.

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