You’ve finally landed that job interview for which you are perfect; however, before scheduling that trip to the Bahamas, you need to be prepared. There are obvious interview tips, such as dressing appropriately, showing up 15 minutes prior to the meeting and remembering to send a follow-up note, but what you actually say when facing them is what will ultimately lock it the votes.
Research, Research, Research
They will likely ask you what you know about the company, so do your due diligence. Visit their website to learn about their CEO and department heads. Know their history, divisions and locations. Learning their mission statement, if applicable, is also a nice touch. It is typically available in their “About Us” category.
Once seated, take this time to compose yourself and control your breathing. If he is perusing your resume, wait for him to speak first. Try not to rush to respond; frame your answers so that they fully, succinctly get to the point. It’s perfectly acceptable to take a beat before responding. This shows self-assurance and control.
“What would you do” based questions are now commonplace. The interviewer provides a hypothetical situation, and the candidate tells them how he would handle it. Asking for specific examples of how you previously diffused issues is another variance of the same question. This tells them if your background makes you a valuable player. Offer a couple of “hero” examples, but never act as if you were expecting the question.
Compiling a list of questions of your own is another excellent interview tip. Once the job interview is winding down, ask if he has a moment to answer a few questions. This shows interest and signifies that you want to learn all you can. It also tells you if this company is truly the best fit for you.