Things Job Seekers Need to Hit at the Job Interview to Prove They’re the Right Fit
Congratulations! You’ve successfully broken through the hundreds of other applicants also vying for the same job, and now the doors are open for an in-person interview. Until a job offer is extended, it’s critical to continue to sell and demonstrate you have what the employer values. Yes, your resume nailed it and demonstrated to the employer that you’re qualified to do the job, but the test is not over. You must perform and demonstrate it beyond words on paper!
At the job interview, it’s more than simply demonstrating you qualify for the job. Even the most qualified candidate does not necessary get the job. It’s the candidate that hits the nail on several other important factors to job interviewing.
Demonstrate you can deliver on the key requirements of the job
As the employer is going through the candidates, they are asking who can do the job. Come armed to the job interview ready to demonstrate and highlight specific experiences that showcases your capabilities to perform well in the key requirement areas of the job. Share results under similar scenarios from your past professional experiences – whether you helped the company make money; save money; avoid a loss; streamline a process; or contributed in other ways to the organization’s success.
Come off likeable
As much as it is important for the employer to find someone who can do the job, it’s just as important to find someone they feel comfortable working with. Be friendly – smile, maintain an open conversation and show you’re engaged. It’s not about being agreeable, but being genuine and showing an interest in matters that are important to others at the organization. It’s absolutely necessary to do research ahead of time. Understand the individuals you’re meeting with and the workplace culture. Some of this you can figure from research online while others things you can sense as you are there.
Don’t miss a beat even in the face of tough interview questions
Pressure and challenges are faced at all levels, but how well you manage it says a lot about your character. The interviewer may throw a tough question or two in to see how well you perform under pressure, so be prepared to show composure. It doesn’t matter whether they are asking about how you’d handle a scenario or to tell them of a challenge faced at work and how it was addressed. What you need to focus on relaying is a positive message – not just in response, but also in your body language by showing calm and confidence. For more tips, read “3 Ways to Stay Composed Even through Tough Interview Questions.”
The job interview is just the starting point. Do your research ahead of time and come mentally and physically prepared. Arm yourself with information to relay you are not just a qualified candidate for the job, but the right fit for the employer. Demonstrate you can withstand all challenges that may come your way on the job.