CONGRATULATIONS! You landed the interview for the position you truly want! Now what?
You don’t just want to interview well, you want to stand out!
Before you can start “living the dream,” here are a few tips to
help you have your best interview ever.
1Make yourself “leap” off the résumé. Remember that the résumé, while it is a great summary of your work history, is ultimately a tool designed to get you
the interview. You feel strongly that any organization would be
foolish not to hire you. So how do you show that? One way is to
highlight your skills by using the language of competencies.
This is taking your work experience and translating it into action words that help to create an image in the mind of the employer of you as an employee. Use words such as “enhanced,”
“organized,” and “demonstrated” to show your accomplishments and competencies.
2Be your authentic self … to a point. Be your authentic self, professional yet real. Engage in true conversation with your interviewer, resting on the preparation you did prior to coming to the meeting. Remember that
this is a conversation (not an interrogation!). Conduct several
trial runs with another person simulating the interview before
it actually occurs.
3Present yourself as a solution to the problem. Make everything about them. Research their problems.
While it’s hard to do this if you don’t know the hiring manager,
do your due Internet research diligence. Have they been in the
news lately? Are they growing? Dig deep and see if you can find
something specific. Or start asking around, connecting with
4Remember one interesting fact about everyone you meet. Typically, the interview process will involve more
than one visit to their office. While it is impressive to state
all that you know about the company, you can become more
memorable when you connect with the interviewers in a way
that values their relative position in the company. It shows
you are paying attention.
5Be aware of their behavioral presentation. Be prepared to match the general mood of the interviewer; if they are professional and staid, this is probably
not the best time to tell a few jokes. Take note of the general
mood of the organization as well.
6Perform the job in the interview. Thoroughly research the job and understand how it fits into the organization. When giving answers to
interview questions, think about the job duties, skills, and
responsibilities that the job calls for. Use key words from the
job description to articulate your answers to interview questions. When describing your previous accomplishments,
explain them in a way that demonstrates your ability to perform the responsibilities for the current position.
7Remember that it is not just about your experience. You are extremely qualified, have terrific application
materials, and a great targeted résumé. What else do you
need? Be mindful of your soft skills and remember you are
being evaluated just as much for your likability as you are
for your capability. Also known in the industry as “cultural
fit,” these soft skills relate to a person’s ability to interact ef-
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by Felix Neals