Your resume was simply a marketing tool that got you to this point. Landed you a spot in front of a representative of this company to determine if you are the “right” one to join the organization. The media is saying we are in a “Talent War”, but really it’s a need for the proper talent with skills and attitude.
Companies are not only evaluating that are you technically or an expert in your field; it’s also do you fit “culturally” within the company. Your attitude, work ethic, drive, ambition…you know the whole package is what they look for. Oh yea, your compensation, too, has to be just right.
Research your potential new Employer
Take time before your big day, to research really get to know your prospective employer. The internet is a blessing with being able to discover all kinds of information, even the types of technology the company is using. The company website investor page is an excellent place to start to provide an overall picture what is of utmost importance driving change at that current moment.
There is a distinct difference to being confident and being arrogant.
Be succinct with project details
When asked a question, the power of pause is tremendous. If you feel you are going to ramble on and on; stop take 3 deep breaths describe your responsibilities, your duties and anything that you positively impacted in your role. Share how you interact with the other departments or team members
Practice answering questions
Think about adjectives that describe you, your personality! Ask your closest friends to help you. Think about adjectives that describe your workproduct and what you are like to work with when times are smooth and how you are in times of chaos; because it does happen.
Stand in front of a mirror and practice answering those interview nerve wracking questions- how did you personally contribute to this effort? Tell me about your greatest strength? Describe any programs or polices you developed or implemented? How do you plan your day? Share with me your approach to solving a problem
Plan your interview, work your plan and it will be great! You might just find you nailed the interview and you want that job!
This is it, this is your shot to demonstrate a genuine interest in the company. This is a match process. You have to like them, as much as they like so. So go ahead ask- what is the path for forward progression. What is the mission of the company? Where do they want to go? Do they believe in training? Can you participate in that training? What if you want to switch to another part of the business years down the line, can you earn your way there?
Do they see me fitting well within this team? Do they see how I can contribute to increase return on the investment when they bring me on board? Do you see how I can help increase your sales? Do you see how my strategic thinking might help spur others to think out of the box as well?