People Innovation Excellence

Preparing The Jobs Search And The Interview

In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge, and experience for the job. Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization’s culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer.

7-Step Interview Prep Plan

1. Research the organization.

* This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates.

* Seek background information.

* Use tools like Vault, CareerSearch or The Riley Guide for an overview of the organization and its industry profile.

* Visit the organization’s website to ensure that you understand the breadth of what they do.

* Review the organization’s background and mission statement.

* Assess their products, services, and client base.

* Read recent press releases for insight on projected growth and stability.

* Get perspective. Review trade or business publications. Seek perspective and a glimpse into their industry standing.

* Develop a question list. Prepare to ask about the organization or position based on your research.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements.

* Analyze the job description. Outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities required.

* Examine the hierarchy. Determine where the position fits within the organization.

* Look side-by-side. Compare what the employer is seeking your qualifications.

3. Prepare responses.

* Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions. We encourage you to meet with us to practice telling your story in the best possible way.

4. Plan what to wear.

* Go neutral. Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best

* Formal. If instructed to dress “business casual,” use good judgment.

* Plugin that iron. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.

* Dress to impress. Be sure that your overall appearance is neat and clean.

5. Plan what to bring.

* Extra copies of your resume on quality paper

* A notepad or professional binder and pen

* A list of references

* Information you might need to complete an application

* A portfolio with samples of your work, if relevant

6. Pay attention to non-verbal communication.

* Be mindful. Nonverbal communication speaks volumes.

* Start ahead. Remember that waiting room behaviors may be reported.

* Project confidence. Smile, establish eye contact and use a firm handshake.

* Posture counts. Sit up straight yet comfortably. Be aware of nervous gestures such as foot-tapping.

* Be attentive. Don’t stare, but maintain good eye contact, while addressing all aspects of an interviewer’s questions.

* Respect their space. Do not place anything on their desk.

* Manage reactions. Facial expressions provide clues to your feelings. Manage how you react, and project a positive image.

7. Follow up.

Many interviews end with “Do you have any questions?”

* Bring a list. You may say, “In preparing for today’s meeting, I took some time to jot down a few questions. Please allow me to review my notes.”

* Be strategic. Cover information not discussed or clarify a previous topic — do not ask for information that can be found on the organization’s website.

* In your opinion, what makes this organization a great place to work?

* What do you consider the most important criteria for success in this job?

* Tell me about the organization’s culture.

* How will my performance be evaluated?

* What are the opportunities for advancement?

* What are the next steps in the hiring process?


Writer : Dyanti Ramadhani / 2001573940

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