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Job interview tips for 2020

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Jan 02, 2020

  • Career Guidance


Taking the time to thoroughly prepare for a job interview is one of the most important things you can do to get hired. Knowing about the company, the job and why you’re the best candidate will help you get the job offer. There are also some little tricks and tips that will help make your interview go well.

Leading career experts, coaches and counselors to share their best tips for interviewing and here are valuable tips from them:

Ask for Business Cards
During group interviews, ask for each person’s business card and lay the cards out in front of you to help you remember everyone’s name.

Be Prepared For the Question You Hope They Won’t Ask… But Will Ask.
Fired? Have a multi-year gap from being home? Lacklustre company performance? Horrible boss? Whatever is challenging about your background, be thoroughly prepared to proactively discuss it in a diplomatic manner outlining what you learned from the situation. Do not hope the interviewer won’t ask you about it. They most certainly will. It is best to be ready!

Be Ready for All Medium Interviews
Interviews are not always in-person. Be ready for all-medium interviews. Nowadays interviews are held over the phone, via Skype, Goto Meeting or with pre-recorded video. Being prepared to interview in the particular medium can be an advantage over the competition that may only be prepared to do so well in-person. Embrace the technologies used and aspire to master it to land your next job faster.

Do Your Research
With all the ways you can learn about a company today, not taking the time to do so can put you at a disadvantage during the interview, not to mention hurt your chances by indicating disinterest or lack of preparation and awareness. To get you started, here are just a few options for researching a company (and the interviewer) to prepare for the interview:

1. Explore the company website and social media accounts. I know it sounds obvious, but people do forget to do this, or dismiss it as unimportant.

2. Search the web for news and information written by others – including the news media and business journals – about the company.

3. Look at sites such as Glassdoor.com to see what those who have worked for – or interviewed with – the company share. (Keep in mind that each is a reflection of one person’s experience/opinion).

4. Find people who work there, used to work there, or otherwise have current knowledge of the organization and may be willing to briefly speak with you about the company and position. Ideally, these are folks you know or can reach out to through a mutual connection (think people you’ve met in person or through online networks; use LinkedIn to find possible mutual connections). Such a conversation may allow you to understand how this position will really be evaluated, learn more about the culture of the company, and get a sense of the management style and structure.

5. Do one last online search the day before your interview so you’re up-to-date on any news related to the company (e.g., an award the company has just received).

Don’t Wait to Ask Questions
Don't wait until the very end of the interview to start asking questions! This is a common job search mistake, and one that could make or break the deal. Insert yourself into the conversation early on. Find out what there is to know about the goings-on in the department, the team, new projects, challenging situations, and why they are hiring for this role in the first place. The more you know about the problems they are facing, the better off you'll be to collaboratively advise them on what to do next.

Tell Your Stories
An interviewer will already have an idea of your abilities if you’ve submitted your resume or other application materials. Become a “talking resume” and tell stories about your experiences as they relate to your abilities to do the job at hand. At this point, you should have done due diligence to know as much as possible about potential employer opening and organization. This is not the time to be modest. But always be relevant. This is not bragging. This is selling in a most sincere manner. It’s solutions selling! Showcase your potential contributions.

What the Interviewer Wants to Know
The single biggest thing to remember in a job interview is the audience to whom you are speaking. The interviewers aren't your friends and they aren't your career counselor. Think about how your comments will be perceived by people who don't know you well. This means no joking about how you have always been smarter than every boss you've ever had or how if you won the lottery, you would never work in this field again. Two things the interviewers want to know are: (1) Do you have the skills to do this job? and (2) Will you be happy doing this job? Tailor your responses to answer well those two questions and you will be well on your way to landing the job if the fit is right.


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