A few tips to prepare for a successful job interview
You have an interview and do not know how to handle it? In order not to panic, there is only one solution: prepare the interview methodically. You must build up your tone, your speech and train like a sportsman or a sportswoman. Do not forget that the recruiter will also prepare the interview!
The most important thing is to be natural, but do not neglect your attitude!
Being natural and credible requires real preparation work. Learn to talk about yourself, your training, your experience….
Get to know the company!
Gather and take note of information about the company and the aspects related to the job you are applying for. A little memory work will not be useless, especially if you have applied for several jobs. You will make a bad impression if you make a mistake because you do not remember the details of the job offer or those of the company for which you are being interviewed.
The Internet in general, the company’s website and it’s LinkedIn page in particular, allow you to get to know the company, its products and services, its employees and the people who will interview you.
Control the information contained in your CV!
Review your CV and analyse what your strengths are for the job. Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Prepare your arguments, because it is based on this document that the recruiter will develop his questions. Be objective and honest. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who will be interviewing you and anticipate the questions they may ask you. Ask yourself about your motivations, why this job, why this company, why this sector of activity …
Prepare at least 5 questions, make sure that they are adapted to the context of the company and the position for which you will be interviewed.
Find out where the interview will take place, the itinerary, means of transport and possible traffic problems. Google Maps will give you valuable information about the route and duration of the trip. Do not forget to write down the name and telephone number of the contact person in case something unexpected happens.
Never forget that it is the first impression that counts!
According to some surveys, 85% of recruiters decide whether they will hire the candidate within the first 3 minutes. Smile and greet your interviewer calmly and confidently. Adopt appropriate clothing that fits the context of the company and the job you are applying for.
Show your enthusiasm and dynamism!
Have an open attitude, show your motivation for the selection process. One of the mistakes candidates often make is to avoid eye contact with their interviewer. Body language says a lot about you. Avoid crossing your arms, which is a sign of withdrawal or disagreement, or adopting a fixed attitude that highlights your nervousness.
Beyond the attitude, remember to highlight your skills.
For example, talk about your leadership and your ability to work in a team. Your skills may be what sets you apart from other candidates with a similar profile to yours!
Demonstrate your ability to listen to your interlocutors’ questions, to answer accurately and to structure your answers.
We hope that these few tips will help you and give you every chance of success in your job interviews.