Continuing from Part 1.
4) Be Specific
Nothing turns interviewers off more than vague answers. For example, if you answer “what makes you a great candidate for this role?” with “I’m passionate, sophisticated and enjoy working in teams” that says little to nothing about what you’ve actually done to deserve the role.
Study the role well. What are the core competencies? How specifically do you fit the bill? If the role is asking for exceptional customer service, for instance, think of a time in a role that you went above and beyond the call of duty to meet a customer’s demands.
For example, “During my time working at Apple, a customer desperately wanted an out of stock iWatch. I assured the customer that I would do everything in my power to source and reserve one for her. I liaised with the management, contacted the head office and checked for stock. After confirming that we would be receiving fresh stock the following week, I went ahead and reserved one for the customer on our system and had it sent out to her with express delivery when it arrived.”
That is a specific example of exceptional customer service.
5) Assertive Conclusion
Let’s track back to the first point. You’re a brand, and you’re reaching out to a prospective partner. This means that you’ve got to have some questions of your own to make sure you’re a great fit.
Therefore, even though you think you’ve got them all figured out, have one or two questions ready for when they ask if you’ve got any.
And finally, have a trademark closing statement such as, “thank you very much for your time today, it was great to get to know you. I think we’re a great fit for one another and I’m looking forward to hearing back from you soon” followed by a firm handshake, a smile and then the exit.
6) Practice Makes Perfect
It’s the day, or maybe two days, before the interview. You’ve researched the company and the role, pulled out a list of potential questions from the internet (https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/tough-interview-questions) and prepared your opening and closing statements. Well done, but before you go in for your big day, grab a friend, partner or relative and simulate the interview.
Get somebody you can trust for some feedback if possible. See if your responses make sense, both to you and your practice partner, and then tweak it slightly if needed and then wind down with a glass of wine and get a good night’s sleep in.
7) Show time
Rise early on the day of the interview and give yourself plenty of time to have a large and nutritious breakfast, remind yourself of the key talking points and that you are a professional brand going to network with a potential partner.
Dress appropriately. If it is a corporate job, get out your best business attire, make sure your shoes are polished and speck-free. “Dress for Success” as they say, and this is no exception. Groom, splash on some aftershave, body mist or perfume and mentally prepare for the big occasion.
If you’ve got a smartphone and have access to the internet and YouTube, check out this five minute positive mind relaxation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RxXiFgkxGc. It will help get you calm and ready to go.
Affirm to yourself that you are a professional and that you deserve the best opportunities, walk confidently into the room and remember retain poise and posture, be articulate and give it your all.
Job interviews are a daunting prospect, whether it is your first or umpteenth one, but with solid preparation, you can breeze your way through it.
Just bear the above 7 steps in mind, and you’ll nail it with thorough research, concise delivery, immaculate presentation and a winning mentality.
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