Taking Control of the Interview

October 24, 2014 | Interview Tips

It’s inevitable – you need to make a good impression at a job interview, but that alone isn’t enough to create a lasting impact. The job market is more competitive than ever, so it’s important to present yourself as the strongest candidate from the start. Taking control of your job interview allows you to play a significant role in an outcome that can have a huge effect on your life.

4 Ways to Take Control of Your Next Job Interview      

Ready to take the driver’s seat at your next job interview? Use the following four strategies to easily position yourself as the frontrunner:

  1. Conduct Research: Doing research on the company prior to the interview gives you an edge by preparing you to ask and answer questions specific to the organization. Gaining a bit of background information on their history, culture, competitors, mission, products and services shows you’re genuinely interested in working for the company ─ not just searching for the first position you can get.
  2. Devise Responses to Common Questions: While you can’t predict every topic you’ll be asked to speak on during the interview, you can make sure you’re ready for almost anything by preparing responses to commonly asked interview questions. Crafting answers in advance ensures you won’t have to look back and wish you had said something you didn’t think of at the time.
  3. Ask Direct Questions: Most candidates come up with vague questions to ask interviewers that could apply to any company, anywhere. Gain a competitive edge by using the research you conducted to ask pointed questions specific to the organization. Not only will you gain insights that may help you determine whether or not the company is a good fit for you, it’s a great way to impress the interviewer.
  4. Make Plans to Follow-up: There’s nothing worse than anxiously waiting by the phone after a seemingly great job interview. We recommend asking the interviewer when you can expect to hear from them and requesting permission to contact them if they fail to meet the deadline.

 

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