How to prepare for your dream job interview?
So here are some tips from us that will help you ace your dream job interview and get the job you’ve been hoping for and working towards.
The most important thing you can do is to practice potential questions before the interview. You can have a mock interview with a friend of yours or visit the careers services at your university. Also, the internet is awash with potential questions from various job interviews that cover almost any topic you can think of. From the most common job interview questions to the most peculiar, make sure you take some time to practice answering these questions, write your answers down and practice them out loud. Knowing what to expect at the interview can put most of your fears and nervousness to rest, and set you up for a relaxed dream job interview.
The second most important thing is probably to have a compelling story to tell. Remember, companies interview hundreds of candidates so make sure you stand out and they remember you. The best interviewee is a person who can describe themselves well and in a variety of ways, interspersing their description of their skills with stories and examples as evidence. More often than not, interviewers do not want to be bombarded with data and figures, instead what they want is stories with emotional impact that hold their interest, convey meaning, and demonstrate your credentials to fill the position. So take some time to reflect before your dream job interview as it is these compelling stories that will allow you to shine.
Another important point to remember is that it is imperative for you to be well-prepared and be able to speak about the industry with ease. Do your research and study the industry well. Make sure you check the company’s website, where you can find information like corporate officers, the latest press releases, and the company’s annual report. Try to gather as much information as you can on your soon-to-be employer and their strategic goals, special projects, and new developments. Knowing the history of the company and where it is headed will help you identify your value to them and how you can help them grow more. Having a knowledge of company products, services, protocols and procedures shows the interviewer that you’re proactive, with an eye for detail and an appreciation for the power of preparation.
One thing you can do, that not a lot of candidates think of, is to attend a company event and to meet some of the employees so that you can hear first hand on how the company is doing and what it is like working there. You can also get a very good glimpse of the company culture by perusing the company message board, and by reading the company mission, vision, and values statements.
All the information that you gather from your research will prove invaluable when you go to ace your dream job interview.
Last, but definitely not least, make sure you say thank you. And if you want to take that one step further, send a thank-you note – not only do you express your sincere gratitude for the opportunity to interview for your dream job, but you take the chance to remind the interviewer of who you are!