How to Land the Job
Landing a great job starts with the first impression. Prior to your interview, the company will do its research, meaning, your résumé, references, portfolio, and social media accounts must be flawless. Making a good impression before the interview leads to a stronger, more memorable interaction at the interview.
Have your outfit ready days before the interview. It’s incredibly important to dress professionally. For more tips on what to wear to your interview click here. Once you look the part, arrive early, greet the interviewer with a firm handshake, take a seat, and sell yourself. Enthusiasm factors heavily on your ability to show the interviewer your best assets.
The Hard Evidence
Support the accomplishments in your résumé with hard evidence. Use cause and effect statements, actual numbers if possible, and unique marketing methodology to back up your achievements. Research the company you’re interviewing for beforehand. Showing a bit of knowledge about the company, even at the surface level, will impress the interviewer. Also, be familiar with the job description, and be able to communicate why you’d be the perfect fit for the role.
Create a general list of questions, and be prepared to answer them. Practicing with general questions will give you a level of flexibility in the interview.
However, here are some interview questions across the board:
- What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the workplace?
- What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
- How do you handle conflicts in the workplace?
- How do you handle deadlines under pressure?
- What do you do if you disagree with management’s decision?
Remember practice does not mean rehearsed! Don’t memorize the perfect response, instead practice making key points.
Overall, landing the interview is dependent on 3 main factors.
- Preparing for the interview: make sure your internet presence is appropriate, research the company, practice the interview questions, and arrive early.
- Selling yourself: pitch your résumé with enthusiasm and provide hard evidence to support it.
- Leaving a lasting impression: thank the interviewer for their time, and follow-up with another thank you via email or a personal thank you card.