The big day has arrived! You finally got an interview for the job you applied for, now it’s up to you to prove that you are the best person for the job.
You should be particularly pleased with this good news. Nevertheless, it is often negative emotions that you feel: stress, fear, anxiety, nervousness, etc. Why is the exercise so terrifying? What do you need to do to turn these moments of torture into a pleasant conversation?
I would like to tell you that there is a magic potion that would allow you to perform at every interview, but unfortunately there is no secret: the exercise requires a considerable level of preparation. The good news is that the more interviews you do, the less time you will spend preparing.
But above all, it is interesting to remember that an interview is a simple conversation between two humans who get to know each other better, to know if they could work together. You have to stop putting yourself under too much pressure by focusing solely on the “evaluation” aspect of the interview. This is a great opportunity to meet a new person and learn more about the company. You will come out smarter, whatever happens.
Preparation starts from the moment you receive the call. Here are 5 tips to turn your future interviews into moments of great success:
1 – Finds genuine information about the company
The interview is an opportunity for you to better understand the values of the company you would like to get hired by. It is also the opportunity for the employer to find out if your personality and skills would be a good fit for the team already in place. You have to prove that you did not send your resume by chance, and demonstrate your determination by being ready to give personalized answers to the context of the company.
By preparing yourself in this way, you will be able to answer the question quite precisely: “What do you know about our company?”.
Get off the beaten track and go find fresh information by visiting the blog, social networks, press articles. It is not about going to the website to learn by heart the mission or the values of the company, but rather to be imbued with the context in which the company evolves (its market, its customers, its competitors, Its ambitions, etc.)
2 – Find information about who is interviewing you
Recruiters inquire about you before calling you for an interview, why would not you do the same thing? This may seem surprising but the goal is to seek out relevant information that could help you either break the ice or find common interests with the recruiter to facilitate your exchanges. Of course, this information is to be used in a subtle way, without mentioning that you have done research!
For example: By going to see the Linkedin profile of the recruiter, you realize that you have studied at the same university. When he asks you to present you, do not hesitate to specify the university in which you obtained your diploma. These are valid for a multitude of information like relationships or common interests.
3 – Review the job offer and project yourself into the company
Generally, job offers are always structured in the same way: job description, responsibilities, required skills, etc. If you want to decrease your stress and be relevant in an interview, you must understand what is expected of the desired candidate. Having already done your research on the company, you have already learned a lot about its context. This will be enough for you to read again the offer by asking yourseld the question: “What added value could I bring to the company? ” Or “why would I be the best candidate for this post?”.
This step should also allow you to confirm your interest in the position. You could very well realize that you sent your CV too quickly. In this case, save everyone time by declining the interview. Obviously, I advise you to invent a valid excuse by saying that you have already found a job so you don’t harm your reputation.
- 4 – Be prepared to explain your experiences
It is surprising to see the large number of candidates who are not prepared to talk about their previous experiences in a concise and effective manner. This is one of the best moments of the interview when you must shine and put yourself forward, obviously always with a minimum of sobriety.
If you’ve had great successes on previous missions, you have to share it. Just as much as the difficulties you faced and how you overcame them.
If you are a student and you are looking for your first job, you should rely on your internship experiences or even your academic projects that can demonstrate your leadership, team spirit or analytical ability.
5 – Ask questions to recruiters
Again, the interview is not an interrogation, and the recruiter not a dictator!
It is an exchange between two people who take advantage of the moment to get to know each other better: for you to know more about the company and the position to be filled, and for the recruiter to discover who you are.
You must certainly have questions about the company, the position, the working conditions, the work environment, the management style and so on. If you do the interview with the only