I have both done and given many job interviews over the course of my career. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the terrible and the down right awesome. Today I am breaking down some of my top tips on how to give THE best job interview of your life.
First things first: Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Find out as much information as you can in advance. Ask out who will be interviewing you and check out their LinkedIn profiles. Find out the format of the interview – will it be competency based, will there be a presentation or assessment and will there be multiple rounds of interview? Make sure you research the company you are applying within. Know who their CEO is, know a little about their latest financial results and be able to talk about their products, services and some recent developments.
Brain storm questions you are likely to be asked in advance. You can probably guess some of these by reading the job specification and Google will give you ample ideas. Write out your answers and then rehearse them in front of a mirror out loud. Do not skip this step. The first time you try answer interview questions out loud it will come out like garbage. You will likely stutter and say lots of ‘ehs’ and ‘mmmm’ and maybe fumble around with your hands. Practise makes perfect. Do this a few times and you will see a marked improvement.
During the interview:
During the interview, be sure to highlight the impact of what you’ve done and key achievements. Can you quantify this in terms of increase in revenue, costs savings, reduction in effort or reduction in risk? Use the STAR method when answering competency based questions. If you don’t know what the STAR method is, you can read about it here. Don’t be modest in your responses, this is your chance to sell yourself. Be your own biggest advocate!
Don’t be afraid to show your real self. Be authentic and let the interviewers see a bit of your personality. It will give them a good idea if you will be a good fit for the culture of the company. Similarly, gauge for yourself if the company will be a good fit for you, your values and lifestyle. The job might sound great but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is compatible with you.
Prepare some questions in advance for the interviewers. It shows your interest in the role and the company and it’s a real chance for you to get some more insights. Lastly, if you are asked a question that you can’t answer. Do not panic. Simply say that you need to give it some thought and ask if you return to the questions towards the end of the interview.
A final word…
After you NAIL it and give the best job interview of all time, and you are in the contract negotiation stage, make sure you read my article here. It’s packed full of advice on what to do before accepting a job offer.