- Do your due diligence.
In life, you typically don’t get things that you want, but instead the things that you expect. You can’t expect to nail an interview when you go in unprepared! We suggest you do a couple of things before you walk in on interview day:
- Learn everything about the company you are applying for. Look at their social channels, their website, read their blogs, etc. This will give you a good understanding of the company’s mission and goals as an organization.
- Websites like Reddit and Quora have great advice for people willing to do the work to search for answers and ask questions; If you are feeling a certain way or have a specific question, it is likely someone else has also experienced it and is willing to help you through your problem!
- Reflect on past work experiences, think about ways that you have helped an organization achieve their goals, about times you have brought a team together, or helped solve a critical problem. Competency questions are very commonly asked in interviews for a good reason, so it is important that you reflect on your strengths and emphasize your value!
- Be confident, and smile!
If you have done your due diligence and have replaced your fear with some skills, then you should be confident enough to smile! It may sound trivial, but smiling is a subtle way to liven the mood and get associated with the person asking you questions.
- Ask good questions.
Asking a good question is just as important as answering them! Reflect on the job you are applying for, the qualifications, the requirements and “wonder” how you can help. Be creative and think of something that WILL help you do the best you can.
Maybe something like,
“Given your position, being a successful man/woman in your organization, if you were in my shoes, what advice can you give me that will help me absolutely kill it?”
A question like this shows the employer that you are eager to learn and provide value to their team and let me tell you, no one has ever lost their job for providing value.
- Be a great storyteller.
In almost every interview, you will be asked questions that will test your character and give them an idea of what you have to offer in terms of interpersonal skills, leadership, client skills, problem-solving, decision making etc. Some of the typical competency questions that you can expect are:
- ‘Tell us about a time when you had to deal with challenging feedback on your work’
- ‘Tell me about a time when you were able to resolve a conflict within your team’
- ‘Tell me about a time when you were able to help a team member who was struggling with moral issues’
- ‘Describe a situation where you were able to directly influence your company’s bottom line’
- ‘Can you tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult strategic decision and win over others in the process?’
We know some of these questions can be challenging so we have developed a response methodology you can implement in your next interview:
- First, you want to describe the context of your situation, your role and the potential obstacle your company was facing.
- What were you instructed to do regarding the problem?
- How did you execute and exceed expectations?
- What was the result? What did you learn from it?
If you can break down the questions and answer them with confidence, your next interview should be a walk in the park.
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