So, you have been invited for a job interview by a renowned company. Excellent! This is a great opportunity you have been waiting to clinch your dream job and move to a new level in life but remember that landing a job doesn’t just end with crafting a perfect resume and cover letter.
What you do after receiving an invitation for an interview can make or mar your chances of getting the job.
There are certain things you should consider if you’re going for a job interview so in this post, I’ll share three things any serious job hunter needs to place on top of his/her priority list before heading for an interview. Therefore, ride with me while I walk you through this important subject matter.
Without further ado, let’s get started…
1). Do a proper research of the company
There is no job listing or job board that does not properly lay out the daily job descriptions of potential employees, as well as some information about the hiring organizations. Once you get the name of the company and what they do, take out time and do thorough research about the hiring company.
Among other things, find out what products or services they offer, find out their major customers and key employee, as well as the owner’s information. What’s more? Search for the hiring organization on social networking websites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, among others, and pay attention to what their customers are saying about them.
Are the customers happy with their products or services? Are they praising them to high heavens? Or are they upset with their products or services? The result of your research will not only boost your confidence level to face the interview panel, but it will also enable you to ascertain whether or not you can work in the organization. Also, the results will enable you to identify the areas the company is lacking, which you can highlight during the interview. This would be a great point for you.
2). Do a review of the job description
Once you are done researching the company, the next thing to consider is to review the job description. Are you competent enough to handle the tasks clearly stated on the job listing? Do you have the requisite qualification? Have you served in a similar role in a comparable workplace?
For example, if the hiring organization is just starting up, write out on a paper how you intend to contribute to the growth of the company. The resume you submitted to the organization doesn’t indicate the size and capacity of the organizations you’ve previously worked in therefore, it beckons on you to explain this point to the hiring managers on the day of the interview.
In addition, any job description you don’t understand, write it down and let it form a list of the questions to ask the interviewers when given the opportunity. In case you are not aware, interviewers expect potential employees to ask questions whenever they are in doubt and that takes us to the next thing to consider when going for an interview.
3). Prepare good questions to ask the hiring team
It is common for the hiring team to ask a question like: “do you have a question for us?”. Your response to this question would tell the hiring manager how prepared you are for the interview.
Brainstorm good questions that can even throw the hiring team off-balance.
Pen down questions relating to the industry and the job you’re being considered for. A good question to ask the hiring manager/team is: “what challenges am I likely to face in my first six (6) months on the job?” Pay attention to the response from the hiring manager as it will enable you to determine what exactly they are looking for.
A lot of job seekers focus their attention on landing a perfect job during a job interview rather than doing their homework. This is a serious mistake to make as a job seeker.
You should not forget to do your homework believing that your perfectly crafted resume and cover letter will strike the deal.
If you follow through with these three things described above, your chances of landing that job will definitely improve. The hiring team will also be proud that hiring you means they are putting a round peg in a round hole.