During the past few years, I’ve come across professionals, from the C-Level to those entering the workforce for the first time, who have been faced with the daunting task of having to interview for a position For many, their last interview may have been 10+ years ago. For others new to the market, quality guidance may not yet have been offered.
Interviews can be tough. The interview is, however, your best opportunity to gain insight into the position and company, and to determine how your experience and talent can contribute to the company’s growth and profitability.
Here are three things you can do to prepare yourself for a successful interview. No tricks or gimmicks here – just good, solid information to help you prepare and win that job.
- Do your homework – on the company. With the internet, there is no excuse. Find out as much about the company (its history, its current situation and its future) as you can. Google is a great tool. If you are on LinkedIn, check out as many professionals as you can. Also, see if the company has a Facebook page. Be prepared to ask good questions about the company and its direction.
- Do your homework – on the position. Have a thorough understanding of the position, its key duties and primary responsibilities, and what is expected. Be prepared to ask good questions: Who has been successful and why? Who has failed and why? Who does the position report to? Who does the position supervise? What needs to be done in the first 6 months; in the first year?
- Do your homework – on yourself. This is important. Do a check-up, from the neck-up. Review your career history thoroughly. Review dates, positions, duties and responsibilities, and accomplishments. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Be prepared to cite specific examples of accomplishments and how your specific experience can help the company solve some of its problems. Concentrate on your most recent positions, but don’t neglect your early career. Reflect on your successes, so you can adequately impart your strengths when given the chance.
For more information on interviewing, or on our professional staffing services, please contact Heidi Hoyt at 440-605-7227.