You've worked hard to craft a CV that highlights your value to a potential employer. Now, the phone is ringing and the interviews are starting to pour in. You are excited and anxious as you chat with hiring managers over the phone and face-to-face.
But for some reason, you can't seem to land the offer. You become frustrated and unable to understand what went wrong when you feel the interviews went well.
While a great CV is good, it can only get you an interview. Performing well at a job interview is the key to getting the offer.
Below are some of the steps you can take to ensure success at your next job interview:
1. Print extra copies of your CV and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. It shows you are proactive and you can revert back to your CV for prompts during your interview.
2. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the interview. Ask the recruiter what the dress code is, and whatever you do, don't go overboard with your outfit, accessories or makeup.
3. Take a deep breath and remember to be confident when articulating your skills and work experience. Make sure that you are able to convince your interviewer that you are the perfect fit for the job. Compare the job description to your CV and identify specific job responsibilities and achievements that match the job description.
4. Demonstrate to your interviewer that you have done your research on the company. Before your interview, browse the company's website and look for additional information about it on Google, social media and any recent news articles.
5. Work on establishing rapport with the recruiter and hiring manager. You can check out their LinkedIn profile to learn more about their professional history and read recommendations that they received and/or recommendations that they gave to others to learn more about their work ethic and values. This exercise helps you identify areas of your professional history and values that might be similar to that of your interviewer. Your research may also help you craft an interesting question for your interviewer about their background which you can ask during the interview.
6. Be prepared to answer common interview questions about yourself, such as, ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘Why are you looking for in a new job?’.
7. Your interviewer may also give you an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview, so think about what you would like to ask and make a list before you go in, but make sure you always ask questions.
Now that you know these expert tips, you are better equipped to turn your interviews into job offers.
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