So you’re on the hunt for a new job? Or maybe your CPI recruiter just called and you have an interview next week! Now what?
There are so many books on prepping for an interview that it could potentially take you at least a couple of years to read through all of them – and that’s assuming you worked at it everyday!
If you’ve ever prepped for a job interview, you may have even bought one or two of said books, in hopes of finding that one magic formula for acing your first, second or even third round interview.
So what does it take to make a connection with the interviewer, answer every question like an all-star and walk out of the room knowing that a job offer is on the way?
First of all, even if you answer every interview question perfectly, you still may not get a job offer. There are a myriad of reasons for this. Circumstances change. And while you may think you’d be perfect for the job, the company may have decided to restructure the department. They could also close or change the parameters of the position or they could hire from within. There are so many factors outside of your control; you have no choice but to exert control over the one thing that you have some power over – you!
At the core, you’ve got to do three key things to prepare for a job interview. Know thyself, know your audience and practice, practice, practice.
If asked, most people would probably affirm that they know themselves quite well. But it’s more than just a surface question. It’s extremely important to ask yourself if you have the inner resolve and necessary self esteem to face hard hitting questions in a educated, articulate and graceful way. It’s an easy concept, but extraordinarily difficult for some to examine and ultimately execute.
At the most basic level, you must believe that you have the ability to do the job and that you belong in the community you are targeting to join. While you may not ultimately be a fit at every company you interview with, it’s not about the companies you are targeting. It’s about you.
It all starts with self confidence. Real self confidence is about really believing that you possess the intelligence and skill set(s) to participate and contribute. All the studying and innate intelligence in the world doesn’t really matter, if you don’t have the ability to provide tangible illustrations of that intelligence and know-how, to the person who is conducting the interview.
And this is where the real work begins. Phase two of getting that job is understanding the organization. Learn as much as you can about the company, it’s history, it’s culture and the issues the company is facing.
It will help if you view yourself as a “fixer” or problem solver while being interviewed. Your job is to help the company understand that you really can assist them in optimizing their companies’ performance.
And then it’s time to practice, practice, practice. Find a good friend or relative and role play the interview. This is your chance to make plenty of mistakes and to build your moxie. Nothing gives you more self confidence than being completely prepared. Go out and pick one of the many books, which outline the hundreds of possible interview questions. It’s a very good place to start.
But before you click over to Amazon to buy the latest and greatest interview preparation book, remember that the key to your success starts with believing in who you are. The subsequent work is an out growth of your decision to succeed – even if you don’t receive a job offer right away.