You have spent months and months searching for the opportunity that is just right for you. You’ve put together an immaculate CV and it has sold you really well. Recruiters and potential employers alike have been contacting you expressing their interest in you. After careful consideration you finally down to the one you really want, the one opportunity that is everything you are looking for in your next job. The BIG interview is impending and this is your one chance to secure the job you want more than any other, your one chance to make the right impression and let your future employer know that their search is over, they have found the one.
Let us help you get ready.
You are not the only candidate in the running and you may be equally qualified and have just as much experience as your contenders. You need to set yourself apart if you are going to get this job.
Know everything there is to know about the company and the role. Have a clear understanding of the role requirements upfront in depth. This will not only help you in preparing for possible questions you may be asked in the interview but will also help you articulate just how well equipped you are to take on the role. Even better, go in with a strategy of how you plan to demonstrate full efficiency in the role, sharing your plan as part of your closing statement will show that not only are you well prepared but you have given this enough thought and show true passion for the role.
Nobody wants to your plan B, if an employer has to choose between two candidates chances are he/she will choose the candidate that truly wants to be part of that organisation, not just because the candidate need a job but one that will be invested in the company and culture. So, before wasting your and other people’s time, be sure to only apply for roles in companies you truly want to be a part of. Research the corporate culture and long-term goals, see if they are in line with what you have planned for your career.
Polish your personal brand. What are you known for? Remember once you have established your brand you will need to deliver on your brand promise to your employer once appointed, so do not get overly creative and over promise. With the employment rate being so high in South Africa, the stakes are higher than ever, your personal brand is the one thing that can set you apart from the rest. It is survival of the most valuable.
Know thyself! Nothing says success like a candidate that is certain of their abilities and value. If you are not sure about your competencies then the potential employer will be even more uncertain that you are. You can’t make anyone believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself. Know where you’ve been, where you are going and how you intend to get there with the outmost certainty. This does not mean you won’t or can’t change direction as you see fit in the impending future, it just means that you are a candidate that has vision.
Think of an interview differently, think of it as a conversation. The company is looking for an individual to provide a service, you are there to show them that you have the competencies to provide that service and that you will make an invaluable addition to their team. It is not an interrogation, how you view the process will have a direct impact on how you handle yourself.
Now relax. Take a deep long breath and do not let your nerves get the better of you. You wouldn’t be here if the employer did not see something in you, the fact that you are invited for an interview means they are considering you as a candidate. Relax, you’ve got this!