Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 1)

interview tipsThe job interview! Ooooh, scary. For some, it’s a total nightmare, and yet for others, it’s exciting, with the realization that a new opportunity awaits. That’s the way I looked at it and that’s the way I suggest you do too. I was prepared, confident and ready to step into the next chapter of my professional life. Over the years, I’ve interviewed quite a few times. I didn’t always get the job, but that was their loss, right? And if I could have a dime for every interview I’ve conducted, I’d be a rich man. So I decided to put some tips down in my blog that I’ve learned over the years. Hope they help you too.

job research preparationResearch
This is where it all begins. You’ve found a job descriptions that interests you. Remember, you don’t have to have every qualification listed. We’ll get to that later. Read the description thoroughly though. Get a feel for what they’re looking for. Do you know anyone who works there? (Just a reminder why networking is SO important). Always helpful to have someone on the inside pulling for you. If the company has a website, study it. Find out who they are, who the management team is, what their products are, their plans for the future, where they’re located, are they global, growing, a public company, and if so, how’s their stock performing. The more you know about them, the more confident you’ll feel when you go in for that interview…with your appropriately detailed resume. Lose the fluff, the hobbies (unless they somehow relate to the company), pictures, etc. Your resume needs to be targeted specifically for each company you interview with. As I said, the more you know, the more armed you’ll be…and your resume can help reflect that.

interview questionsAdditionally, prepare yourself for the inevitable questions.
“What is it about our company that interests you?”
“What are your 2 year and 5 year goals?”
“What are you weaknesses and strengths?”
“Why should we hire you?”
“Why did you leave your last job?”
“Give an example of a problem you’ve solved.”
And after you’ve thought these through, come up with your own. If you’re not experienced in all the areas covered in the job description, plan a response in case you’re challenged on those points. Boost up your strengths so that they overshadow any of your shortcomings.

You will significantly improve your odds of landing the job you want if you follow these simple interview tips. It’s competitive out there, so give yourself an advantage by being prepared.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.

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One Response to “Tips For A Successful Interview (Part 1)”

  1. […] your comments are very much oriented toward what you will bring and add to their organization. In Part 1, I recommended preparing for the inevitable questions. Have a few of your own as well. They need to […]

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