Student Guide to Landing a Job (part 4)
Let’s assume that the HR manager opened your resume and felt that you could be an excellent candidate. This stage is usually followed by the invitation to an interview. In order to be well-prepared for the job interview, you should consider some things.
Getting ready for a JOB INTERVIEW
First, learn about the organization where you’re going to be interviewed. Find its website, see presentations and reports, study their mission and vision, and maybe, even watch the videos of top executives if they are available. It will be a big plus if you have a sincere interest in the products or services that this company is providing. You will stand out from other candidates if you ask very specific questions about the activity of the company.
Here is the list of sources that you can use to find out more information about your prospective employer:
- Research guides: You can use Hoovers and Vault. These two databases will provide you with lots of useful information.
- Trade publications: If the company that you’re applying for is big, you can study newsletters and magazines in the field and find some useful data there.
- Current employees: If you know someone at the company where you will be interviewed, ask them. It can really put things into perspective.
- Internet search: The easiest thing you can do is to surf for relevant answers on the web. Just type in the company name or some word combinations that refer to what you want to know and see what search engines will give you.
- Social media: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest – sometimes social media can be the best source of information because some organizations are very active in terms of SMM, and they use social media as their main means of communication.
Have ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
Another good way to prepare for an interview is to think about the list of the commonly asked questions and get your answers ready. It will definitely reduce the stress and help you be consistent in your speech. Consider these questions:
- Tell me about yourself. When asked this question, focus on your values important for the organization. Avoid sharing too personal details and boring chronological info.
- Why do you want to work here? Answering this question gives you an opportunity to show that you have done your homework. Tell the interviewer that you know a lot about the company, its mission, vision, culture and projects. Let him or her understand you’ve got the skills and passions that can contribute to the future of this company.
- What is your greatest weakness? Don’t just name it. Tell what you are doing to overcome it.
- Describe a time when you had to handle a difficult situation. Review all your working experience and pick one or two difficult situations that you have failed to cope with. Tell what positive outcome you have found out from this situation and how you have benefited from your actions.