7 Important Steps in Preparing For Your Next Job Interview (Part 1)

7 Important Steps in Preparing For Your Next Job Interview (Part 1)
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    It has been a long and arduous journey through time and space to get from submitting your CV and covering letter, to finally receiving a response from a recruiter or company, calling you in for the first face-to-face interview.

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This is it. The monumental moment has arrived, and in your mind it’s do or die. This is the moment where you put the pen down, stretch your limbs and treat yourself to a glass of red wine. Not two, or three, just the one glass.

Here are 7 ways you can get the most out of your next job interview.

1) Cultivate the Winning Mindset

If you’re going into your interview thinking you desperately need the job, then that is exactly what you will portray through your body language and expressions.

Give this a go instead. Rather than thinking that you need them, take a professional stance and convince yourself that you’ve got something to offer and that you can potentially work with them to hit key milestones and accomplish goals.

Turning yourself into a brand rather than begging and pleading will have an immediate impact on the person interviewing you. Manage this attitude well, though, because you don’t want to get too cocky and blow your chances of getting in.

2) Thoroughly Research the Company

All too often, we remain focused on delivering our own sales pitch that we forget entirely about the very establishment we want to work with or for.

Go the extra mile and make every effort to get to know the company as well as you can before you head off for the big-time Q&A.

Your first place of contact would be the company’s website. Have a look at their “about” page and see if you’re aligned with their values. These would usually be highlighted in the company’s mission and vision.

Study the personnel that make up the company’s ranks. Who make up the core team? Do they have a list of board members? Is there anybody noteworthy on there?

Explore their portfolio. What sort of work have they already done? In the case of production or post-production companies, have a look at their reels and the shows, films or trailers they have worked on. Which ones stand out for you?

The website may feature a blog. Scan through the articles and see what they’re interested in. Visit their social media pages and do the same.

In short, if you don’t know the company you’ll potentially be working for, it will show in your interview and you’ll be passed over.

3) Short, Direct and to the Point

If you’re asked what your name is, you don’t want to say “I’m Alison Davies, twenty-one years old from Oklahoma, graduate of the Arts.” That’s a no-go.

Get straight to the point, and as you learned in driving school the best way to get from A to B is the shortest, more direct route.

Practice delivering concise answers in front of a mirror. Rochester-based Corporate Trainer Marlene Caroselli recommends having an “elevator speech” ready in the event you’re asked for a brief overview of your career.

If you can get a complete and articulate message across in thirty seconds or less, you’ve done a marvelous job.

 

Stay tuned for part 2!

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