The Most Important Things To Convey In An Interview
Job interviews have a mix of excitement and anxiety within them, and the trick is to maximize the excitement and minimize the anxiety. Now, some of it comes down to personality, but for the most part you have a massive amount of control over this.
The key lies in preparation and research and making sure you have these 4 things you absolutely must convey by the end of an interview:
- That you have done research on the company and the projects/initiatives they are undertaking. This should include to sources you utilized, which should ideally include conversations with existing employees. This shows that you went into the interview with a genuine interest in what the company is up to, and how you could fit into it.
- That you are interested in adding value right from the start. The way you do this is by finding out, through conversation with existing staff, what projects they are working on that you have had experience with, and then offering some tips on achieving those project goals by talking about issues that came up that you helped solve. This shows the interviewer that you are not just going through the motions of the interview, but that you came into it to help right from the start.
- That you know a bit about the interviewer’s interests. This might sound like common sense, but in fact it is not that common. Such a large percentage of people that we take through our Jobzdojo workshops don’t do research on the interviewer that will be conducting the interview- almost 70%. Things to research about the interviewer should be his/her career history, projects he/she have worked on or are working on, charities he/she supports, sports he/she is involved in, people he/she have worked with that you know, etc.
Remember, you will work with this person if you are successful in securing the job, so showing them that you have tried to get to know them better before even meeting them, shows real interest, and it also gives some common ground to meet on if you have anything in common, like playing chess for instance.
- That you are loyal to a team and company. Companies are built by people that work together as teams, and most companies are very proud and protective of their teams, so bringing someone new into a team is often very difficult for the company because they need to get the best fit. Do some extensive research on the team that you are likely to join if you were successful in securing the job, and find out what the team has in common with previous teams you worked in- especially where you fitted into the team. Make sure to express that you always view the team as your work family and that you are just as loyal to your team as you are with your own family.
If you are leaving an existing team to join a new company and a new team, then let the interviewer know that you received encouragement from your team members, as they know that, in order to grow your and knowledge, it was time to move on, and that they are looking forward to working with you again one day.
You are an industry professional and you have heaps to offer, so don’t just go into an interview half-cocked; you would be doing yourself and the interviewer a huge disservice. Hiring managers want great candidates, so show them that you are one of the best by being prepared and ready.