Will he or she get along with their staff?
Obviously there are numerous ways in which a prospective employer seeks answers to these three questions, plus others. Some interviewee tips that can help you provide the answers to them are:
1. Ask yourself how your uniqueness and skills can be applied toward the job you are seeking.
2. Be prepared to ask thought-provoking questions that will not only demonstrate your preparedness but also enable you to make an intelligent, informed decision as to whether you want to work for this organization.
3. Finally, always send thank-you letters.
With proper preparation, you can put your best foot forward when being interviewed for a job, while getting the feedback you need to make your own decision about that prospective employer.
The interviewer‘s aims
In any interview situation, the interviewer is deftly attempting to find answers to those three basic questions:
As for the "get along" component, nobody wants to hire an employee who will be a disruptive force in the workplace. All organizations want to determine as best they can how a prospective job applicant will get along and work with others. More often than not, after the interviewer has determined your "can do" abilities, the question of "Are we going to get along?" becomes his or her main focus.
Obviously there are numerous ways in which a prospective employer seeks answers to these three questions, plus others. The interviewee tips given below can help you provide the answers to them, while also helping your cause in other ways.
1. Know your uniqueness
Knowing what is unique about you is consistent with your résumé preparation. What competencies, education, experiences and skills do you have that are special? Each of us has our uniqueness, and that is what a prospective employer is endeavoring to find out about you. Ask yourself how your uniqueness and skills can be applied toward the job you are seeking. For example, if you have determined that one of your competencies is creativity, consider how you are creative, and be prepared to provide great illustrations in an interview. Be ready in the interview to build visual stories for the interviewer about how you achieved your successes in your past employment experiences, and tell how those skills will have a positive influence in your new job.
2. Match yourself to the job
It is not enough to assess your competencies - you need to match them to the job you are seeking. For instance, if you‘re applying for a management position, ask yourself what skills, such as business intelligence, are indispensable in that role. Ask yourself if you are proficient in the skills considered necessary to do a good solid job. As just noted, be prepared to cite illustrations for the interviewer of how you‘ve used your particular skills in the past, and how you will put to use that experience if you are hired. This is especially true when making the connection to the "can do" component.
If you see a potential misalignment or need for improvement, what action steps are you taking toward professional growth? No one is perfect. Employers realize that, and in many cases they simply want to determine whether you are cognizant of the areas you need to develop and have initiated a plan to improve.
3. The value of research
Many people often overlook this area, yet research can yield a great deal of information about your prospective employer, as well as help you to frame the questions you yourself ask during the interview. By researching the company, you‘re in a better position to understand what its particular needs are, and how you can fulfill those needs.
The good news about researching is that it also helps you to make a better impression. It demonstrates your thoroughness, and it may make you stand out from other interviewees for the position.
Your research might also tell you that the company has experienced growth or decline in a particular area. If that‘s the case, ask yourself what implication the growth or decline could have if you worked there. In this context, research not only makes you better prepared for the interview, but, more basically, helps you to determine if this is, in fact, an organization where you want to work.
A different kind of research is also worthwhile. If, in arranging the interview, you have been referred to a particular person at the prospective employer, do not hesitate to ask your referral source for information about that individual. For example, what type of interviewer is he or she? What is she or he like to work for? What might be some of the skills he or she is seeking? This sort of information obviously can be exceedingly beneficial in making the "fit" connection.
4. Inputs for your own decision
It‘s important to keep in mind that interviewing is a two-way street. Not only is a prospective employer interviewing you; but also, during the interview, you need to ask questions to aid in your decision making process. Be prepared to ask thought-provoking questions that will not only demonstrate your preparedness but also enable you to make an intelligent, informed decision as to whether you want to work for this organization. For instance, how would the interviewer characterize the company culture? Is that culture consistent with what you desire? What are some of the particular challenges in this position? How does the company measure success, and how will you be evaluated? What is the prevalent leadership style in the company?
Undoubtedly you will have many other questions to ask. For instance, why is this job open? How are decisions made and potential problems resolved?
Although developing good questions is thus valuable, the interview process ideally should be approached as an exchange of information, and not an interrogation. You want to be ready to ask questions that ultimately help you and the prospective employer alike make an intelligent and informed decision.
5. Retrieval of past information
Before the interview, ensure you review your most recent previous experiences at prior jobs including certain key scenarios where you made a difference, in the event that the interviewer asks you a question involving a past experience where you achieved a certain outcome. (See frequently asked questions)
Market Yourself on Paper
The saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” has never been truer than in the case of a job application. Since your job application will in many cases, be your first contact with the Human Resources Officer or Manager. It is therefore important that you take care with both its content and appearance. Therefore: