You have just been invited to an interview with your dream company. It does not matter where you went to school, the number of degrees you may hold, the experience you have or whom you know; if you are unable to do the nterview successfully, you will not get the job.
Try following the tips below and you will not only be well prepared but also present yourself as a true professional.
Research the Company.
Do your homework, e.g. go to the company's website and read about their vision, mission, strategy, products, finances, departments, competitive advantages, competitors etc.etc. If the company does not have a web presence look them up at the library, call the Chambers of Commerce, and find out everything you can about them.
Prepare your Introduction & Key points.
The introductory speech is your two minute opportunity to enlighten the interviewer about yourself and what you have to offer.
- Be prepared to talk about any career changes you may have had.
- Make a list of your main strengths and the things you are currently
working on towards your professional growth, with examples of each.
- Be also prepared to talk about your weaknesses and how you are
trying to overcome them.
Smile, be natural and speak with confidence. Practice in front of the
mirror if necessary.
Employers want to know how hiring you will make their organisation better and contribute to their overall success. (Assuming you did your homework as suggested in point 1 you can offer examples of innovations, process improvements or revenue saving ideas that may be of interest).
Dress for Success.
The way you dress makes a statement about yourself. Avoid bright colours and loud jewellery. Regardless of the job that you are applying for, it is a good idea to wear a neat and clean suit, even in a casual business environment.
Good Timekeeping is Essential
Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your appointment. Besides ensuring
you are not rushed, use this time to learn more about the companyâ€™s
ambience. Observe the company's employees as you sit in the lobby.
How do they look? Do they greet one another and say hello to you?
Are they smiling and happy or frazzled and frustrated?
Engage in a Dialogue.
Remember, a conversation is a two-way exchange. Be curious and ask
lots of questions to get a good understanding of how the company,
department and management operate. Ask about the job responsibilities
and company culture, e.g. Employee Recognition Programmes, opportunities for Personal and Professional development, current and future challenges of the position, etc. etc.
Be Open and Honest.
When responding to the employer's questions, tell the truth! If you made
a mistake, say it in a positive way, accept responsibility for it, and explain
how you have benefited from the experience & what you have learnt. Do
not pretend to be something that you are not, it will not work!
Do not talk Salary or Benefits.
The goal is to get as many options going as possible so do not talk about compensation at this stage, as it can be a knockout factor. Sell to the employer all that you can do for them. If they are interested they will make an offer and it is at that stage that you start negotiating those issues.
Remember, 50% of the responsibility for the right job match is yours. You
are interviewing the employer just as they are interviewing you. After all if you are selected, you will be spending at least half of your waking day in this environment. So ensure that this is what you really want!
I do not quite agree with the last tip. I am of opinion that any responsible individual who will be spending considerable time in the new job - if chosen - must show interest in the wage that is going to be paid. It is part of the employee's due (as well as other benefits) and the job seeker ought know about these before choosing the employer he / she will spend a career with.
Also, this can cut substantial amount of time spent in beating around the bust (though I would not advise talking about salary package until the latest part of the job interview).
Thanks for all the comments.
Under ideal circumstances, if the interviewer finds you suitable, it is he who should intiate the compensations (salary etc) discussion. You as the candidate would not be the right person to open the topic.
Once this topic is started by the interviewer, you can respond and negotiate if an offer is made.
Hope this is understood.
From India, Madras
Well, salary is important.
I'd suggest don't talk about it in a way that it looks "ugly". Give the interviewer the first chance to broach the topic but if he doesn't then bring it up yourself.
An employer who holds your concern about salary against you may not be worth working for anyway.
From India, Delhi