Think like recruiters do and get the “upper hand” to make an impression at an interview and flip the odds in your favor!
Now, here are 5 tips for you, the candidate:
- RESEARCH BEFOREHAND: Be more informed than your interviewers and ready to articulate your value and contribution based on your research of:
- the team you’re interviewing with
- the company mission and culture
- the latest news on the company
- Arrive before the scheduled time. OBSERVE and take note on the dynamics —they can tell you the reality about the culture.
You’re demonstrating your Resourcefulness.
2. SET EXPECTATIONS AT THE BEGINNING:
- This interview Schedule
- Timing-how long will the meeting be (and prepare to manage the time yourself).
- The Interview Process
You’re demonstrating your Time Management.
3. LISTEN TO THE QUESTIONS
- Allow the interviewer the space they need to ask their questions.
- Be prepared with your questions as your skills are also evaluated through your questions.
You’re demonstrating your Leadership Skills.
4. SUMMARIZE YOUR VALUE
- Summarize how your experiences and achievements can add value to the position.
- Avoid long-winded response and be alert for the next question.
- Make the interview a conversation rather than an interrogation—you can answer questions with a thoughtful response, and follow your answer with a question.
You’re demonstrating your Communication Skills.
5. END WITH AN IMPACTFUL CONCLUSION
- Restate your understanding of what the recruiter said would be the next steps, be it a follow-up call, email, subsequent interviews, reference check, etc.
- You’ll get a feel for their interest
- You’re asking for some closure and a level of commitment regarding communication
You’re demonstrating your Organization Skills.