Interviewing to Get Hired
Preparing for the Interview
Once you get the call for the interview, the next thing that you have to do is prepare
for it. You can never over prepare for an interview. The more prepared you are, the harder
it will be to make mistakes. It is best to prepare yourself emotionally as well as
intellectually for an interview. Giving a great interview is not as hard as some may
think, but not as easy as others do either. Here are a few things that must be done in
order to prepare for your next interview.
Remember, during an interview, you are a salesman. You are there to sell yourself to
your prospective employer. You want to market yourself in the most interesting way
possible. Great preparation for the interview is your best bet. A salesman that is
knowledgeable, friendly and positive always gets the close.
Do Your Research
It doesn't matter how much knowledge or experience you have about the position that you
are trying to get in a company if you don't have a clue who the company is or what they
do. It is disastrous to enter into an interview and not be able to tell your interviewer
what their company is about. How else are you going to tell them why you feel that you
would be a good addition to their company?
A good and less time consuming way to get to know about a company is to look up their
website. You can get all of the general knowledge about them that way, including the names
of key people and their job titles. (There will be more on that in a minute) You should
sift through most of their pages, including the pages that show samples of their work
You can also look them up in the media files if there are any. Read the articles about
them and soak in as much information as possible. Another thing that would be nice to do
is to check out the surrounding area around the company. It makes for a nice breaker during
the interview. You can make a comment about a particular monument or resting place nearby.
A trickier way to get a little extra information about the company is to call them on
the phone and ask general questions, without referring to yourself as a potential
employee. It's a nice way to get the goods on upcoming promotions etc.
Know Your Contact
When called for an interview, ask to whom you will be talking to. It is nice to be able
to greet your interviewer by name at the beginning of the interview without first being
told who they are. It shows that you are on top of things, and have prepared before hand.
You will also want to do some research on the person that will be conducting your
interview. Learn what they do for the company and try to get some samples of their work or
achievements in the company.
If you know what department that you are going to work in you may want to get the names
of your potential colleagues and superiors prior to the interview as well. This way you
can get some information about their roles in the company and the types of work that they
have done. Mention some of the things that you learn about your potential colleagues in
the interview and about how much you look forward to working with them in the future. If
you can, give an example of their work so that you will appear more sincere.