I have been through many interviews during my corporate career, and I am happy to share my experiences with you to help you on your journey.
First, I would like to tell you that there will be many interviews in your life and the one you are currently trying to prepare for will not be the last. Use the experience to strengthen yourself and stiffen your spine. Also know that you will not die!
Like anything else, the more you do the better you will become. So don’t fret, it gets easier. Keep a positive mindset and have a relaxed approach. Know yourself, you are the captain of your ship.
An interview is a conversation between two or more people. It is also your chance to get to know whether the job is the right fit and environment for you. If you currently have a job and are looking for another opportunity you may want to really dig to the root before you jump ship because you don’t want to end up in deep waters. If you do not have a job and are desperate to find one, remember that even if this ship sails, there will be another not too far off.
The company has a need, and you have something to offer to solve their need. To solve their need, you must know 100% as much about them and their need as well as what you have in your back pocket. It is a time for you to showcase your skills and convince the hiring manager that YOU are THE person for the job. You must SELL yourself.
For every voyage there is a checklist of things you must do to ensure a smooth sail. Preparation is key! There is just no other way around it. There is a very fitting saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Think about that. The question now is how will you plan and prepare?
Know yourself! This may seem like an apparent assumption, but you must know yourself inside and out and know what your strengths are that will sail your ship. Also, prepare answers for situations where you have demonstrated the skills they are looking for that will patch up those holes in their ship.
Remember that you are also interviewing them. Ask questions that will help you decide if you want to work there or not, what is important to you and what this job means to you.
Let them know you want the job. If you are happy with the way things are going in the interview and you know you would like to work there then tell them! Be specific about things that appeal to you about working there. Tell them why, be clear, enthusiastic, and passionate.
Let your strengths shine and smile. How can they not want you on their team?