Now that your CV has gotten you the attention that it deserves from a hiring manager, you need to ready yourself for the next step of the job-search processthe interview.
Your interview will make or break your chances of landing a job, so make sure you’re 100 percent prepared before you head into your one-on-one meeting.
Do Your Research
Since you most likely researched a company to get an idea of the job description when you were writing your CV, you need to continue to look at the business so you will be able to convince a hiring manager that you are right person for the position.
Recruiter Todd Moster told MSN that applican’ts who know a lot about a business have a better chance of landing a job there.
“Not all companies are alike, and even when they are, employers prefer to believe they’re different and special. In fact, many will ask you what you know about the company and the position for which you’re interviewing,” Moster added. “Try to bluff your way through that question and the interview will be over, even if you haven’t realised it yet. You can avoid that dilemma by thoroughly researching the company and job responsibilities ahead of time. That will ensure your ability to come up with a unique and convincing answer.”
Whilst doing your research on a specific company will help you prepare for an interview, you must also be able to anticipate a variety of questions about your work history and problem solving skills.
Many job seekers use what is known as the STAR methodsituation, task, action and resultas a way to practise their answers. For example, you should be able to discuss a particular situation that you encountered during a past job, how you created a plan to tackle the task at hand, what action you took to solve the problem, and the result of your action.
Sometimes the difference between you and other candidates may mean that you present yourself in a way that appears professional and enthusiastic.
Always wear a suit for your first meeting, even if the business appears to be more casual. Speaking clearly and effectively will show that you can effectively communicate and that you care about what you’re talking about. Also, always make sure you arrive on time to show you can plan ahead and are always prepared.
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