Interviewing 101

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Interviewing can be quite daunting even if you have gone through a number of them. With every interview, you are meeting new people, selling yourself and different skillsets each time. It could all sound intimidating; however, there are ways to make this process feel much less stressful. As long as you spend some time researching the company and understanding what they are looking for in a new hire, you should be able to nail the interview and showcase the necessary skills to get the job. Here are some tips:

1) Read about the company.

Perhaps the most important part of the preparation is researching the company and understanding the company culture. In order to talk about what makes you a great fit, you first should get a sense of what they are looking for in a new hire. Needless to say, “What do you know about our company?” will definitely come up in the interview, so it is a good idea to make a list of what you would want to bring up.

You can find out information about the company by going on their website and reading their company history, mission and values, blog, and their “about” page. Once you have an idea, you should incorporate what you’ve learned about the company into your answers. For example, you can say, “I noticed you care a lot about delivering good customer service. I have 5 years of customer service experience from working at company ABC, and I believe I can bring the skills I’ve developed there over to your company to help you make connections that last with your customers.” Try to demonstrate what you know about the company by tying them into your responses.

2) Questions: for you and for them.

Ask anyone and they will give you these questions as the ones you should always have answers for:

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Other than these, if you want to have a better idea about the kinds of questions they ask, you should go to glassdoor.com. Glassdoor.com is an amazing site that you can take a look at before your interview. You’ll find not only interview questions posted by previous candidates, but also company reviews by previous and current employees. Even if you can’t find the exact questions for the position you are applying for, you can at least get a taste of what they like to ask and what they want to hear by looking at other questions.

You should also know that most interviewers ask if you have any questions about the job or the company at the end of the interview, and it is always a good idea to have a couple at hand to show you are really interested in this position. You could ask who you would be reporting to, or even about the next step in the recruitment process.

3) Prepare an introduction, conclusion, and don’t forget the follow-up!

Having an introduction and conclusion may sound weird but believe me when I say it works! I know when I’m about to receive a call from a potential employer, I’m usually a little nervous, so it helps to know that I won’t be fumbling for words once I get the call. Answer with a simple and clear introduction, like “Hello, this is Jane Doe.” Once your interviewer introduces themselves, answer with a, “Thank you for calling Mr/Ms. X, I’m so glad we are able to do this interview.”

After you ask your questions to the interviewer and get answers, to wrap up the interview, simply state that you appreciated being interviewed for this position and that you are looking forward to hearing back. Then, you should send a follow up email ideally within the next 24 hours. The email should go over your qualifications and why you think you would be a good fit for the position. Don’t forget to thank them once again for taking the time to do the interview.

 

Throughout the interview process, try to stay calm. Remember your body language says a lot about you. Even if it is a phone interview, the interviewer can tell if you are smiling. The important thing is that you are speaking clearly, concisely and confidently about the assets you have to offer the employer. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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