You have seen the perfect job for you being advertised. You have checked the desired skills and qualifications needed and matched them on your resume and on one of our cover letter examples that you have customized with your own achievements. You can even visualize yourself sitting at your new desk in your perfect dream job. However, there is just one sticking point left to overcome that is sitting between you and your new role – the job interview!
Even when you are convinced that you are a perfect match for this job, you need to remember that you will be up against a whole lot of other smart people who also believe they are right for the job opening.
Preparation is key here, so let’s take a look at some good strategies to help you deal with tough interview questions and nail that dream job.
What else can you deliver at your interview?
The chances are that if you have been offered an interview, the employer will already have looked over your resume and cover letter, checked you out on social media and even spoken to your current or former employer to gain a little more background knowledge about you.
You need to ask yourself what is left of value that you can give them at your interview to help convince them that you are perfect for the job.
Try to remember that the main goal of your interviewer is to learn about you and your personality. The impression they may have formed about you from your resume and their research may be positive, but you will need to ensure you back up what they have learned about you to reinforce your suitability as a good candidate.
What you can try to do here is to continue the good work that you have already done with your resume and social media information and go on to prove how well you will fit in with their company culture.
Remember to answer their interview questions with positive responses using their company language wherever possible. Use the same terminology they use to describe the job being advertised. For example, if they describe the job title as ‘communications officer’, use this title in your speech even if the actual job title you had was slightly different.
Research, research and research some more
As with any job interview you go for, it is wise to do some homework on the company background and history to get a good feel for what they are all about. Learning about the company history and their company culture and work practices will help you enormously during your interview.
You should be very familiar with all aspects of the company before you even walk through the interview door. Make sure you read the company website and absorb important information from their ‘about us’ section. Check out the press releases section and learn whether the company supports any local or national charities or community groups.
Doing this research will allow you to learn about how the company like to present themselves to the public and their business peers. You will also learn about the company ethos and what they consider important for their future. This can all help your chances to get noticed at your interview and improve your chances of landing the job.
Use your research to flatter and compliment
Every company likes to hear people singing their praises and they love talking about themselves, so use what knowledge you have gathered to not only compliment them on their company ethos and beliefs but show them that your own beliefs and desires align perfectly with theirs.
Talk enthusiastically about their latest achievements from the press releases you have read, and any charitable or community support they have been active with recently. By doing this you will be turning the attention away from being solely focused on you and make it more like a two-way conversation where you can demonstrate your mutual support for a good cause.
By doing this you will encourage your interviewers to warm to you and confirm their first positive impressions of you. It will also make your interview more likely to stick in your interviewer’s mind as one that stood out from others because you were having a two-way exchange rather than a single focused interview.
Prepare yourself some really thoughtful questions
Interviewers have a pretty tough job on their hands and it can often be difficult for them to keep the conversation flowing and avoid awkward silences. Most interviewers will also take some time to allow you to ask some questions about the job on offer or the company as a whole, so be prepared to fill any awkward silences and ask some valuable questions.
Having zero questions to ask your interviewer does not create a positive impression. It makes the interviewer think that you are not at all interested in the company and what they do. They will think that you may see this job as a simple stepping stone to something else further down the line.
Asking valuable questions about the job and the company will help to cement that you are genuinely interested in taking the role and sticking with the company for the long term.
Also, by asking questions, you can get enough information to help you decide if the job on offer is actually what you expected and if it truly is a good fit for you. It can be a valuable tool to have, especially if it would be a major upheaval to leave your current job and then find out your new job isn’t as perfect as you thought it was.