6 tips for job interviews that will help you get hired
Job interviews can be scary.
Preparation is the best way to become more confident.
It makes the experience better.
Preparing for an interview is essential.
A well-prepared interview increases your chances of getting the job.
Here are 6 tips on how to prepare for a job interview.
You get to learn about people, the company, and the industry.
You never know when you will meet someone again in another setting.
Next time around, the tables may be turned, and you are the one interviewing.
Treat people well!
Understand the role
Read the job description thoroughly.
The hiring manager has spent time formulating the text.
So, important things about the job are available in this text for you to see.
Reading carefully make you understand the role, responsibilities, and requirements better.
Things to look for can be:
- Experience requirements
- Competence requirements
- Education requirements
- Language requirements
- Remote or local role
- Specific traits such as problem-solving, business acumen, and so on.
Take time to think if this is something you would like to do daily.
It is often expected that you work in that role for one to three years.
Research the company
Research about the company as much as you can.
Read up on the company web page.
Get information from other sources.
Google is your friend.
Pro tip: Publicly traded companies publish annual reports.
It may be hard to read this at first.
Practice reading annual reports.
This is an excellent source of information.
The information that you research gives an understanding of the company.
In addition, it will help you prepare better questions for the interviewer(s).
Try the products
If possible, try the products.
Get your hands dirty.
This is my single best tip on preparations.
Sign up for an account, log in, and try the products.
Feel the experience.
Testing the product gives you an opinion about whether or not you like what they offer.
Engaging with the products has many benefits:
- The looks and feel: design
- How it works: how you interact with the product
- How they are created: what was important for the ones making them. For example, is the focus on functionality, simplicity, or design? Not that one must exclude the other. But often, you will notice who they are as creators.
- and much more..
In the interview, you will have a chance to ask questions.
You can ask questions about both the company and the interviewer.
- Why did you join this company? (interviewer)
- How does the company roadmap look like? (company)
Asking questions has many benefits:
- It lets you clarify things you were not sure about
- It lets you know about how others experience working there
- It shows your interest in the role
- It allows you to understand the role better
- It enables the interviewer to know how you think and what you care about
You have gained information by understanding the role, researching the company, and testing the products.
Use this information to create a set of relevant questions.
- What will a typical day in this role look like?
- Why do you work here?
- How would you describe the company culture?
- Which roles do this role collaborate with?
- How does career development look like in this role?
- How do you keep relevant with training and upskilling?
The interviewer will ask you questions.
They ask questions for many reasons, such as:
- Understand your experience and competence
- Get more context your CV and cover letter
- Check your motivation
- Your values and what is important to you
- How you are as a person
- and so on.
It is always wise to prepare for questions that you can be asked.
This will help you prepare better and make you aware of what information you want the interviewer to know about you.
In most cases, you will get a chance, in the end, to fill in information if anything was missed in the interview.
If you want to say anything other than what was asked, use this time to fill in the gaps.
Preparing will help you be better aware of what information you want the interviewer to have.
- What are your motivation?
- Do you know our company from before?
- What do you think about our market?
- Can you describe a challenge that you have met and how you overcome it?
- How do you collaborate with your peers?
- How would an ex-colleague describe you?
Practicing before an interview is essential.
Practicing can have forms of actually doing it or visualizing that you are in the room with the company.
One does not exclude the other.
Actual practice and visualization combined are the strongest.
Practicing can be done on your own or with someone else.
Many like to record themselves to evaluate and learn.
Examples of what to practice:
1. Telling your story and CV
Practice storytelling to make it engaging.
Keep the storyline, and do not talk yourself away.
Explain why you made certain decisions, such as leaving a job too early.
2. Case presentation
Practice any case presentations by doing the actual presentation.
Do it alone.
Present to someone.
Ask for feedback.
Many times over and over again.
3. Interview questions
Practice the interview questions that you can be asked.
Ask the questions.
Reply to them.
The 6 tips will help you prepare for your interview.
Let the interviewer know who you are. Do not try to be someone else.
Coming prepared is always a good plan.
It makes you perform better in the interview.
It shows that you are motivated for the role and working for the company.
The insights you have gained and will share through questions and answers might help the company improve.
It is a great way for you to learn.
Preparing increases your chances of getting the job.
Best of luck!
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