An interview is a business process in which the aim of the hiring manager (the person authorized to hire employees) is to make a selection from among the applicants who will be asked for interviews. A candidate faces two challenges: first, to convince the hiring manager that he is the ideal candidate for the position, and second, to outperform the others (i.e. compete for the job). Here are a few suggestions.
FirstPrepare for the interview by working with an experienced interview coach. An interview coach can practice certain mock interview techniques with you to help you not only answer difficult interview questions, but also identify pitfalls and avoid saying the wrong things. As an interview coach, I need no less than five hours to prepare someone for the big test. If the result is getting the job, the fee paid for such service is just a drop in the ocean.
SecondPrepare your SARBs: situation / action / outcome / benefit. These are short vignettes about your experiences that describe to the interviewer how you solved problems in the workplace and what results and benefits there are for employers. They are the tools that you bring to the interview. If presented well, the examples will convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job.
third, research the company. Spend some time in the public library doing as much research as possible on the company. You can’t overdo this aspect of the job search, nor should you underestimate the importance of showing the interviewer you understand about the company’s problems at the macro or micro level. Knowing details about the company improves the “cultural adjustment factor”.
Fourth, Use your personal connections via LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to get as much information as possible about the people you will be interviewing with. Try to find something in common with them. This is very important as people are known to hire candidates with whom they can also develop a relationship during the interview process.
And fifth and last but not least, make sure that the position you are interviewing for corresponds to your own needs and desires. Take into account your skills, qualities and characteristics. Evaluate the organization’s work environment, commuting, compensation and benefits. Pay attention to your gut feeling. If it feels good, make sure you show your enthusiasm clearly. This is what the hiring manager wants to “buy”.