Perhaps you’ve also landed yourself a job interview! Congratulations!
But after completing the resume, here comes another nerve-wracking part of the job application process:
Most people fear the interview process, myself included.
In fact, studies have shown that a whopping 92% of American adults are anxious about job interviews!
To help you get through the interview process successfully, here are some key tips to guide and inspire you as you prepare for a job interview.
1. Experience the Company’s Products/Services
I was having a phone interview with an E-Commerce company, when the interviewer asked if I’ve ever tried using their platform.
Looking to impress, I confidently answered ‘Yes’.
Naturally, she then followed up by asking about my most and least favourite parts of the platform.
But this question caught me off guard. I had only used the platform once, and that happened many years ago!
I spewed out generic characteristics of good E-Commerce platforms, but the damage was done.
Needless to say, I failed to advance to the next round of the interview.
This tip might sound obvious, but it may surprise you how many people overlook this.
As candidates prepare for a interview, many simply focus on their own achievements, skills and strengths, and simply forget to consider the company they have in mind.
What better way to understand a company than to experience the company’s product/service offerings!
Whether it is a retail storefront, online-based business or any other business that is possible for you to try their offerings, try it!
Bonus tip: While experiencing the company’s offerings, don’t forget to take down notes on your reflections: what you like and dislike about the products, things you might be curious about etc.
These are first-hand reactions that could be useful during the interview process!
2. Do Storytell, Don’t List
Do you have that friend that likes to go over all his/her life stories and experiences, every time you meet up?
Does he/she keep on rambling over his/her fun times and expect you to be similarly excited and happy over them?
Now, you don’t want to be that friend, do you?
As discussed earlier, candidates that prepare for a job interview often fall into the trap of self-focus.
Candidates often only consider their own skills and achievements and can’t wait to share them with interviewers.
This does not sit well with interviewers.
Although they might be interested in your experience, they are mainly interested to evaluate how:
1. You can contribute to the company.
2. You can fit with the culture of the company.
As such, listing your experiences and achievements since you were 13 in chronological order simply will not cut it.
Instead of simply listing, Storytell!
As you prepare for a job interview, try to recollect your different experiences and think of the overarching theme(s).
Let me give you an example:
1. You have struggled with your academics earlier in your life, but took on roles in your CCA and organisations outside of school.
2. While studying in university, you started on external courses and received certifications for different skills.
Both these experiences can represent how you are a curious and keen learner, not afraid to always continue exploring new skills and roles and expanding your horizons.
When sharing your past experiences with the interviewer, try to also focus on the overarching themes that represent you, rather than just listing out your achievements.
This requires a deeper thinking and reflection over your life, so do take time to sit down and reflect upon your personal overarching theme(s), to better storytell your life achievements.
3. Ask Good Questions
A key element in having a good conversation is the ability to ask good questions.
When you ask good questions to the interviewer, it reflects a few things about you:
1. You show genuine interest in the company, pondering over company and industry related issues.
2. You are well prepared for the interview and have put in effort to research information about the company and industry.
3. You show strong critical thinking skills that will be useful in future.
By now, you might be thinking to yourself:
Here are some tips:
- Primary research
As discussed at the start of this post, trying out the company’s offerings can be a great way to start.
By trying the offerings first hand, it can better inspire some questions or areas about the business you might be curious in.
- Secondary research
Find out the latest news on the company by gathering information on the web:
Do they have any latest developments related to the job or responsibilities you might be involved in?
Do they have any news that you might be curious about?
Bonus tip: You can also do research on the industry and related trends and developments, and how they might affect the company. This will reflect a more mature and in-depth consideration of the issues of the industry at large.
Preparation is key
Now equipped with these 3 tips to prepare for a job interview, be sure to use these tips wisely and most importantly, RESEARCH & PRACTICE for the interview!
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(Hint: Next topic will be on internships!)