Preparing for a job interview is a little like preparing for battle: if you aren't properly prepared, you don't have much chance of succeeding! We therefore decided to give you all the tools you need to help you succeed during your next job interview and get your dream job!
Article by Coach and Entrepreneur Yohan Chalal
Tip #1: Prepare
It may seem a little obvious, but not to everyone... many people apply for jobs without really thinking about how they are going to present themselves, which leads to a botched interview and a complete lack of preparation. If this is the case, your interview will lack depth and you won't score many points.
Properly preparing for your job interview will allow you to:
♦ Get to know the company:
Founder, CEO, key figures
♦ Read through your CV, allowing you to analyse your skills and strengths
Preparing for an interview also means taking care of your image
. Visual judgement can be very damaging when it comes to job interviews. You could have the best CV in the world but if you don't have a good personal appearance and motivated attitude, nothing will come of it
Tip #2: Present yourself in an organised way
Once again, it may seem obvious, but how you present yourself is a key factor
determining whether you have a successful job interview or not. There a several aspects to think about:
The recruiter has already formed an opinion of you. They have read your CV, analysed your background and experience, your approach, judged your handshake
. How you present yourself and your background will make or break this opinion.
The recruiter will most likely be interviewing a number of candidates and is looking for that one-in-a-million employee
, who perfectly fits the job criteria. Based on CVs alone, you are all perfect candidates. A job interview is your chance to stand out from the crowd. How you present yourself is therefore vital
How to stand out?
Make your introduction dynamic. Avoid reciting all the usual clichés and aim to cover only the essentials
. Avoid rambling on and talking about unrelated subjects! The best thing to do is to organise your introduction
by giving the recruiter key points such as:
Manager: "I managed 20 people in my previous job"
Sales Representative: "I worked on the marketing for product X"
Tip #3: Get you message across
For this step, the question you need to ask yourself is: What do I have that others don't? Highlight your skills and strengths
Sammy, 24 years old, is applying for a Management position. She has 3 years' experience in sales, 2 years' experience as an experienced Retailer and 1 years' experience as an Assistant Manager.
The message to she wants to get across is the following:
perience in the field, 3 years in the same shop
Explain how the turnover figure developed during her time as a Retailer and Assistant Manager. Emphasis the evolution of the turnover figure if it increased.
Number of staff managed.
Key moments: Top sale, highest turnover figure...
Professional objectives and motivations.
This third step will allow the recruiter to judge your motivation and behaviour
. Be dynamic, motivated and confident
Tip #4: Go ready and armed!
A job interview has nothing to do with a battlefield, but the idea is this: if you were forced to go to war, you wouldn't go armed with a rifle with one bullet in it, you would go armed to the teeth. A job interview is the same, you shouldn't just go with your CV, you should also go armed with arguments
Your arguments should help you for questions such as: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What skills do you have?
Tip #5: Be structured and coherent
The advantages of structuring your discourse:
♦ Easier to present
Possible to take breaks between two halves
♦ Easier for the recruiter to remember
your background and career path
What's more, a structured presentation will allow you more freedom. It will allow you to describe your career path with humour, introduce key moments and move from one point to another without getting lost in explanations.
By being organised and structured, you are giving a coherent direction to your career path, something recruiters love! A coherent career path gives recruiters an overview of your professional projects and long-term ambitions
Tip #6: Ask questions
You've been speaking for 20, 30, perhaps even 60 minutes, selling yourself like never before. Then comes the famous question: "Any questions?"
How should you reply?
There are the typical questions like: How many branches do you have? How many people are there on the team?
Questions like these are expected by recruiters, who are looking for questions that are a little more out of the ordinary. Watch out, however, the aim of this step is to confirm everything you have covered so far, which is why you should try to ask questions directly linked to the position
Sarah, 27 years old, is applying for a position as a Sales Engineer
Interesting questions: What are the company's objectives for this year? What difficulties are involved with the position?
I would highly advise you against waiting until the end of the interview to ask these questions.
Ask questions throughout the interview to create a real exchange
and give yourself the possibility of arguing and selling yourself.
We hope you found this advice useful and that it will allow you to stand out from other candidates! Don't forget to sign up on Wizbii to stay up to date with the latest career news and find the job of your dreams! :)