Why people fail job interviews? What we can control about this process? How to prepare an interview to succeed? Answering those questions can help to be at your best and feeling less stressed.
In my headhunting practice, it’s common that the candidate couldn’t evaluate if the interview went well or not. “I think it went well”, saying the candidate, “I’m waiting for the next steps”. “This candidate is out of the process” saying the hiring manager or HR person. Frustrating?
Let’s have a look what can be in our control and how we start with preparation:
Sometimes candidates limit themselves by reading the company web-site. It’s not enough. Check additional sources of information to know market situation, annual results, who are the main competitors, etc. Find someone via your network who is working in the company and interview them to get extra information.
Check in LinkedIn the profile of the persons who’ll interview you. Reflect on their work experience and think about what might be important for them. Maybe you can find some common points – shared connections, education and interests?
So, be sure you have a structured answer ready. Remember, that your answer should take from 3 to 5 minutes. Start with a short introduction of the project and spend at least 70% of the time describing YOUR role in it. Which strengths had helped you to reach the results?
Note that the recruiter is evaluating several points here:
To summarize, you have a bunch of actions you can do before the interview to maximize your chances of success. Improvise and come up with excellent answers by inspiration is not a great idea. And don’t assume that if you know/do your job well, it will naturally come out in the interview. The art of selling yourself while being authentic require special training. This is a skill, and the good news is that you can develop it. Be sure to reserve at least couple of hours for the preparation and it will pay off.