Preparing For An Interview? 5 Tips For Guaranteed Success!
In this post, we will teach you how to prepare for an interview in the FASTEST TIME POSSIBLE! In fact, you have an interview coming up today, or in the next few days, we strongly recommend you read ahead because it will help make you the STANDOUT CANDIDATE!
So, to help you achieve top marks in your interview and get hired at the first
attempt, we will cover the following 2 things in this post:
#1. We will tell you how you will be SCORED during your interview! You will be scored against 3 criteria. If you know what the criteria are, it makes it easy for you to pass.
#2. We will then teach you the 5 STEPS you must follow to pass your job interview.
HOW WILL YOU BE SCORED DURING YOUR INTERVIEW
There are 3 criteria the hiring manager will assess you against. Here they are:
INTERVIEW SCORING CRITERIA #1 is PRESENTATION
The hiring manager is looking to see how you present yourself at the start and
throughout the interview. Make sure you dress professionally, knock before you enter
the interview room, don’t sit down until invited to do so, give a firm handshake while
maintaining eye contact, and sit upright in the interview chair throughout.
INTERVIEW SCORING CRITERIA #2 is COMMUNICATION SKILLS
The hiring manager wants to assess how you communicate when answering their
questions. Slow down your pace of speaking, speak up so they can hear you, and
practice your answers to the most common interview questions beforehand so you
come across as confident and articulate.
INTERVIEW SCORING CRITERIA #3 is EVIDENCE
Evidence is details of when you have previously been in situations that are required
in the job you are applying for. The hiring manager will want to hear evidence of
when you have:
- worked as part of a team,
- worked under pressure,
- prioritized your workload,
- dealt with conflict in the workplace,
- and, provided excellent customer service.
If this is your very first job interview and you have no previous work experience, they
will ask you what you would do in those situations.
5 TIPS FOR GUARANTEED SUCCESS!
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW STEP #1
Make sure you quickly RESEARCH the company before your interview. Look at their website ABOUT US page and read up on their history, achievements, and plans for the future. Look at what products and services they sell – make sure you know exactly what they do, and finally, follow them on social media and take note of their latest posts and news stories.
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW STEP #2
Get your answer ready to the first interview question – TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF. This is important. At the start of your interview, you will be the most nervous. If you give a confident answer to the question, tell me about yourself, you will quickly gain confidence and create a great first impression.
When preparing your answer to the question, tell me about yourself, use the format: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE. Start by talking about your PAST. This should include the academic grades you achieved, and where you have previously worked.
Then, talk about the PRESENT, including what you currently do, the SKILLS and QUALITIES you possess, and details of any significant achievements you have gained in life so far.
Finally, talk about the FUTURE. Tell them what your CAREER GOALS are and what you will do for their company if they hire you.
Let us give you a fantastic scripted answer to the question TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF that uses the PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE format.
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
“My name is Richard and thank you for the opportunity to be interviewed for this position today. I left college with excellent grades in subjects that will be useful to this industry. I previously worked in various positions where the need to collaborate with co-workers on difficult tasks, meet tight deadlines, and prioritize my work against the company’s objectives were the norm. I now have the skills and qualities to match the job description. I am a fast and diligent worker, an excellent communicator and always provide outstanding service to customers which helps increase sales and enhances my employer’s reputation. If I am successful and you hire me, I plan to build a long-term career here and continually develop my knowledge and skillset so I am always a highly useful member of the team.”
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW STEP #3
Write down a list of your greatest strengths before you attend your interview. This is a brilliant thing to do because it focuses your mind on what you can bring to their company. Let me give you a list of the 5 most sought-after strengths hiring managers look for:
STRENGTH #1 is TAKING OWNERSHIP OF PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES.
Most people pass them on to their manager to deal with, but if you can deal with them yourself, or at least try, this is a great strength.
STRENGTH #2 is DISCIPLINE
If you are a disciplined person who doesn’t need to be reminded of what their tasks are, and you always complete everything on time, the hiring manager will definitely be interested in hiring you.
STRENGTH #3 is TRUSTWORTHINESS and LOYALTY.
If you are looking to work for the company long-term, will be loyal to their brand, and can be trusted to follow company rules and procedures, your chances of success will significantly increase!
STRENGTH #4 is CREATIVITY.
Some of the best employees are creative. Creative employees produce ideas to help their employer grow, and they seek smart and clever ways to solve challenges and problems.
STRENGTH #5 is POSITIVITY AND ENTHUSIASM.
Positive people are great to have in a team. If you are enthusiastic, always look on the positive side of things, and are willing to embrace change, then again, the hiring manager will definitely want to hire you!
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW STEP #4 – Think of one weakness you have and consider what steps you are taking to improve. You must answer the question, “what’s your biggest weakness at your interview?”. Don’t make the mistake of saying you don’t have any weaknesses. Instead, choose a genuine weakness that won’t impact your ability to perform your duties competently. Here’s a list of 3 great example weaknesses to help you.
WEAKNESS #1. Not being good yet at public speaking or giving presentations to large groups of people.
WEAKNESS #2. Finding it difficult to say no to people which results in you taking on too many responsibilities.
WEAKNESS #3. You don’t like giving people honest feedback because you prefer to avoid confrontational situations.
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW STEP #5
Think of 3 smart questions you can ask at the end of your interview. Here are the questions I would ask if I were attending an interview…
Q1. What would my success in the job look like in 12 months from now?
Q2. What advice would you give to the successful candidate who wants to perform well in the position?
Q3. What’s the first thing you would need me to me focus on in the role if you hire me?
PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW BONUS STEP 6
Is to prepare a short but powerful job interview closing statement to say at the end. Right at the very end of your interview, say the following words which will help to further convince the hiring manager you are a great person who will complement their team perfectly:
JOB INTERVIEW CLOSING STATEMENT!
“Before I go, I just want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed for this position with your company. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the process and it’s further confirmed my admiration for your company. “If you hire me, I promise to give you the greatest return on your investment.”
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