A successful interview starts long before you step foot in the office. Here are some tips on how to prepare and present yourself as a strong candidate.
Do Your Research
Finding out more about the company and position helps you know if the job is a good fit for you. It also helps you discover what the company is looking for in employees, and it will help you create informed questions.
• The company’s website
Build Your Résumé and Power Stories
Just as your résumé shares your skills and abilities, “Power stories” are 60-second examples you can share with an interviewer that demonstrate your strengths.
• Motivation and passion
Develop four or five of your best power stories. Each story should first explain the situation or task you were faced with. Then explain the action you took and what the result was. Practice telling these stories so you’ll be ready to use them in an interview.
Create Your 60-Second Commercial
Your commercial is a 60-second summary to share with your interviewer about why you’re excited for the interview by:Thanking them for the interview. Telling them why you’re excited about the position and the company. Listing three or four things that make you ideal for the position. Telling them that you look forward to being able to share more in the course of the interview.
Here’s an example:
“I want to thank you for having me here for the interview today. I’m excited about this opportunity. Target is such a dynamic, innovative company. I know with my ability to lead teams, my strong communication and analytical skills, and my passion for retail, I can make a big contribution as a ________.”
Create your list of questions to ask during the interview. These questions might include:
• What are the duties and responsibilities of the position?
Make a Good Impression. Arrive 15 minutes early. Smile and make eye contact throughout the interview. Your appearance is very important. Men should wear a suit, a pressed dress shirt and tie. Women should also wear a suit and a pressed dress shirt.
During the interview, make sure to listen carefully. When you share your power stories, do it with enthusiasm. Ask your questions after the interviewer has finished asking theirs.
Before you leave:
Thank the interviewer
Review the Interview
First, send a thank-you note to the interviewer within 48 hours.
Ask your self
• Who interviewed me? What was their role?