Most people go to interviews hoping to be questioned and assessed by an interviewer(s). They go anxious and worried, wondering whether they would get the job. People who get successful are different. They go well-prepared to demonstrate how they would fit into employer’s needs and bring value to their business. They go as a value provider, not as a job seeker..
Would you also like to impress your would be employer? If yes, the next time when you get an interview call, don’t lose any time and get prepared. Here is a road map…
1. Know the employer
Go to the company’s Web site and learn about its products and services. What initiatives this company is taking? Who are its competitors, and what challenges this company is facing? Read the “news” section to pick up the latest happenings there.
2. Review the job
Next, zero down to the job that you are pursuing. What are employer’s expectations in terms of responsibilities, actions and goals? Also note the job requirements–qualifications, experience and skills–employer is expecting the right candidate to satisfy.
3. Review yourself
Look at your resume and review the assets you have: your experience, education, achievements, skills, knowledge and strengths.
4. Prepare a presentation
Having done the homework, now it’s time to prepare a short PowerPoint presentation. The presentation should essentially comprise the following parts:
Part 1: About yourself
Prepare a short introduction of yours in terms of education, experience and achievements.
Part 2: Employer’s business
This part is about showing your understanding of company’s business: products, services, markets, competition, etc.
Part 3: Employer’s needs
In this part, list all of employer’s expectations-responsibilities, actions and goals—you will be expected to meet. Also talk about the challenges you will be facing in the job.
Part 4: How would you deliver?
This is the heart of your presentation where you would demonstrate how you would tackle the challenges and go on not just to meet employer’s expectations, but exceed them. To make it credible, share actual examples from your past experience and use quantitative information.
On the whole, keep your presentation limited to 10 slides and 15 minutes long.
5. Practice & Go in Prepared
The last and final step is to practice delivering the presentation. More you practice, more relaxed, confident and convincing you will be during the interview. Go in prepared; it’s your turn to enjoy success at interview!