5 tips for mastering your next job interview

As you know, preparation is the key to doing well on a job interview. Here are some great tips you can follow to ace your next job interview.

1. The right kind of cover letter

They type of cover letter you require depends on the position and company.

Small companies really care about the little details, same with high up managers looking at people for executive / senior managerial positions because attention to detail and extra effort really matter.

The most important thing behind a cover letter is not the letter itself, but rather that you want this job bad enough to tailor your resume extra to it – it shows them that you are not just cramming the ‘work I can do’ page everywhere.

But for a large company / entry level job it doesn’t particularly matter. A typical HR manager usually take a 3 second glance at it because they have a stack of 100 resume’s in front of them. A good cover letter will almost always push you from the “No” to the “Maybe” pile just out of interest if it is an entry level position.

2. Have a LinkedIn profile

A LinkedIn profile is very valuable nowadays. Having  connections (just like in real life) sets you up with a lot of potential employers (or employees if you are starting your own business). There are also groups for job openings, and it’s a great way to give yourself professional vibe before they ever see you in person.

3.  What’s your greatest weakness?

This is one of the classic “trap questions” that get asked, and the usual response is “I work too hard”. Next time rather go with a honest and brutal answer that also implies a bright future e.g:

“My biggest weakness is that I have trouble transitioning from one project to another in the middle of things, I am very serious about finishing what I started and I don’t stop until the job is done. However, lately I have been working on that and forcing multitasking into my daily life a bit, hopefully the results will show once we have multiple plates spinning”

The important thing is to always make it look like there is hope and improvement for you down the line, and if you really wanna layer it on, add “with your guidance and mentoring as a supervisory, hopefully I will move past this one weakness”.

4. A good interview is not a review

Always ask questions, about the interviewer, the company, what they just told you. A good interview is not a review, its a discussion as to why you would be a good fit for the company, and a set of good questions for them can make all the difference in a candidate.

Something like “Tell me about the history of this position” or “Tell me more about the culture of your organization” or “So who is your primary demographic for sales?”, “Do you have international operations?”, “How are benefits?”. Anything! Show you are interested, thats why they ask.

5. Get your resume noticed

Large companies use special software to scan through resumes and usually don’t pick based on “buzz words”. The best way to get your resume noticed is to start every single sentence with an “action” word such as:

Wrote x / Reviewed x / Promoted regarding x

Make them eye catching, and also very important – have action words similiar / identical to the ones in the original job description or posting, if there is a system it usually screens for those with extra weight.


Author: SmartStudent

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