As a follow up to last week's blog post "Five things you should not talk about during a job interview", we want to give some advice as to things you should plan on discussing during your job interview.
Preparation is crucial to success in an interview, and as the saying goes: when you fail to plan you plan to fail. Therefore we want to help our readers plan for their interview and if you follow these four tips you will be in a position to impress your interviewer and earn that job offer.
Tip 1. Know what the company is looking for.
It is imperative that you understand the roles and responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for. By demonstrating that you are well informed to how this position fits into the fabric of the company, you will earn a leg up and be able to speak to the "bigger picture" and how you can play an important role into the macro goals of the company.
Tip 2. Relate your skills to the company's needs.
Articulating how your skill set is an ideal fit for the available position and demonstrating that you are a subject matter expert, will go a long way towards persuading the interviewer that you are indeed the one for the job. Many people will talk about their work ethic or willingness to learn, but that should be an obvious attribute that an interviewee possesses. If you have a special skill set that will particularly add value to the position, make sure you clearly emphasize how this expertise makes you an asset and how this sets you apart from the competition. Share the tools you have in your tool belt and how your unique tools will benefit the organization you aspire to work for.
Tip 3. Answer questions in a positive fashion.
Positivity is contagious and if you can instill a positive energy into your interview, that will help make a great first impression and leave a lasting effect on your interviewer. By being able to answer questions with positivity and confidence this will certainly impress the interviewer. Enthusiasm and passion for your career will show the interviewer that this is more than just a job interview and that you are in fact a long term solution for their organization.
Tip 4. Have a clear understanding of what the company does and thoroughly review their website.
Make sure that you fully understand what the company does and not only focus on the position you are interviewing for. It is important that you take time to thoroughly review their company website and understand their positioning, mission, vision and other company values. It would behoove you to research any interviewers who you will be interviewing with. Preform Google searches, research them on LinkedIn, and make sure you do your due diligence to find out what you can.