Getting That Job Means Doing Your Homework
Let’s imagine that the perfect job invitation has just landed in your inbox. It’s exciting and you instinctively know that you will be the best person for the job. All you need to do now is submit your application and then be outstanding at the interview.
Your application gets you an interview and a date is fixed for you to go in and see the company.
This is the time when you need to do your homework. After all you want to be successful and get that job. Many candidates fail simply because they don’t prepare. Astonishing as this may seem it happens very frequently. At LTR we want you to succeed and with that in mind here are our top tips when it comes to doing your homework.
1. Understand the job specification
Be clear on what the job will involve. It may have been a little while since you sent in your application and it’s worth remembering exactly what was asked for. Is there anything that you can now add when talking at the interview to further strengthen your credentials. Maybe you have since qualified in a subject that is useful to the company. You may have spent some time in a country brushing up your language skills and again that could be useful. Make sure you clearly understand what the job means on a daily basis. If in doubt, ask for clarity.
2. Research the company
Whoever interviews you will expect you to know what their company does. Whilst they will not ask you for an entire company history they will be looking to you to explain in brief (if asked) about what they do. Have a good look at their website, take a look at their social media channels, any blogs they write, and any YouTube videos they have created. This will enable you to form a picture of what their company and culture is like. You will be able to see whether it’s right for you or not.
Do you know anyone working in the company that can provide additional insights for you?
Once you have reviewed the company, have a look at their competitors. What can you learn that will help you in your interview? What ideas can you provide that will be of benefit? This will show that you are already thinking of how you can help the company. You will be demonstrating clear differentiation between you and the other candidates.
3. Be prepared for all sorts of questions
The big challenge with questions is that you never know what will be asked. However, the more you understand about the job, the company and the sector they operate in, the better able you should be to deal with questions. If you are not sure immediately how to answer, just take a breath and give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts. The temptation can be to say the first thing that comes into your head but sometimes you need to take time before responding. Maybe you can take a sip of water whilst you work out your answer. If you don’t have an answer then it’s best to be honest and say just that.
12 quick questions
Here are just a few examples of what you could be asked:
Why do you want this job?
What qualities do you think will be required for this job?
What can you contribute?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What would you say are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
What do you know about this industry?
What do you like and dislike about the job we are discussing?
What has been your greatest success? How did you achieve it?
How do you handle criticism?
Do you need other people around to stimulate you or are you self-motivated?
Can you act on your own initiative?
The questions above are provided to provoke your thinking. Having a basic understanding of the types of questions that could be asked and preparing responses will increase your confidence for the interview.
4. Ask your questions
At some point in the interview you are likely to be asked for any questions you have. This is your golden opportunity to show that you are really interested in the role. Always have one or two questions to hand. For example, you could build on points that have been raised in the interview and this will also demonstrate your attentiveness.
Don’t forget if you are really interested in the role let the interviewer know that you are keen. You could end by asking the interviewer when you are likely to hear and thank them for the opportunity of having a chat.
Get That Homework Done
Not everyone puts time into doing homework before going for interviews. But, if you really want that job then make the time and you will increase your chances of success.
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Good luck in your job hunting.