Simple Steps for a Great Interview
By David Moir
Whether you’re Santa trying to figure out who has been naughty or nice this year, or preparing for a big job interview; it’s always good to brush up on a few essential skills.
When I prepare someone for a job interview, there are a few key things I want them to remember. These rules can make or break a candidate’s chances of landing a job or securing a business deal.
Tell them what you did.
Give them very specific examples of what you did that was similar to the duties they are asking you to do. Describe when you did it, how you did it, and what type of software you used. This will demonstrate in specifics that you’re the right fit for this new opportunity.
Tell them you liked doing it.
At the end of each description from Rule #1, tell the employer you enjoyed doing it and why. It’s not enough that you can perform a task. So many people find their jobs tedious, and an employer wants to know that you enjoy what you do. A positive attitude can go a long way toward projecting how you’ll do in your new job.
Give a rehearsed strong closing.
It’s always good to have something prepared to say at the conclusion of your interview. That doesn't mean carrying around a stack of index cards, but there’s no harm in practicing your closing in front of the mirror a couple of times. It should be simple and precise. For example:
“Thank you for inviting me in, I’m happy M Force sent me here. I want you to know that there are a lot of similarities between this job and the work I have done in the past. This is work that I truly love to do! If given the opportunity I know I could do a good job for you. So when you are making your decision please remember me. “
Only give this type of closing if really want the job. Remember an interview is just as much about figuring out if the job is right for you as it is for the employer to see if you’re a good fit for the position. Even in a slow economy, you may realize you aren't a great fit for a job. It is better to know now than lead an employer on and be unhappy in the future. If you are not head over heels for the position than just say, “thank you for your time”. It is your responsibility to let the employer know you are interested.
Follow up with a hand written thank you note.
Have more than enough thank you notes in your car. Immediately after the interview, go to your car and write as many thank you notes as needed, then walk back in and give it to the receptionist. This will show that you really care about the position and appreciate the person’s time while leaving with a positive impression. You’re much more likely to actually send a note if you do it right away, rather than putting it off for later.
These are just a few of the things I see every day that really do help people get jobs. Remember, the little things count. Doing them right can land you your next great career!
Senior IT Recruiter