As a Human Resource Manager these are some tips I would give to potential applicants coming to us for an interview. Whether you are cool and collected, or nervous as can be, just breathe.
While most times desperation and hunger fuels a job search, you need to evaluate if this company is a good match for you. Here are somethings I wish applicants knew before they came to me for an interview.
1. Research the company. Check their website and reviews. Obtain as much information as possible, when you interview you will be educated as to the company and their mission. Not only do you want to impress them, but you also want to know what you are potentially going to experience on the job. Do not be afraid to ask them questions as well, showing the interviewer this is more than a 9-5 to you.
2. Bring your required documentation: The posting for the position will list documents necessary for interview. i.e.: Resume, References, Degrees, Certifications, etc. Bringing these documents will show the initiative you take, showing your organization, and preparedness.
3. Dress to impress. Depending on the position your applying for will be what you wear to the interview.
4. Arrive in a timely manner. This is a foresight of what you will be like as an employee. If late due to unforeseen circumstances, call the interviewer, you may be able to reschedule.
5. Prepare beforehand on the questions that will be asked according to the position you will be applying for. General questions asked will be:
- Why are you looking for a new position?
- What are your responsibilities at your current or last position?
- What can you tell me about yourself?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Are you a team player?
- How do you handle a conflict with a client, customer, or co worker?
- Why do you feel you will be a good fit for this position and where can you see yourself in the next 5 years?
This is the first installment in my Human Resource Manager series, comment your questions and I may include the answers in my next addition of this series. If you are curious as to what are the prime answers to these questions, I would be happy to share the “perfect” answers.