Interview Tips 1- 3
Great athletes will tell you that the key to mastering a sport is prioritization. After all, way too many things are going on for even the best players to follow. Smart players therefore keep most of their attention riveted on the ball, and not on the other players, the refs, the screaming crowd, or any internal issues.
The same can be said for the art of interviewing: You’ll be much better off and have an easier time if you focus primarily on your one goal, namely, to convince your interviewer that you are the right person for the job. That’s what the interview is all about, period. In this sense, an interview is identical to a sales call, where a successful close means they hire you, and not someone else.
By reducing all the complexities of interviewing down to this simple goal, you can concentrate on doing no more and no less than whatever it takes to get hired. That strategy will also help you get a better feel for what works, and what doesn’t. Although this might seem obvious, keep it in mind while you interview, and as you prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Tip #2: Give Them What They Want
Expert salesmen will tell you that success comes with shifting your attention away from yourself, and instead focusing on fulfilling the needs of the customer. In this case your customer is your interviewer, and what they are looking for is a fully qualified candidate brimming with excitement, enthusiasm, and self-confidence.
Do Some Research
So before your interview, find out as much as you can about the company and the position they’re trying to fill. Ask your Ultimate Service Manager to tell you all that they know, and refer to external resources like the Internet whenever possible. The simple fact is that the more you know about the company and its needs, the better prepared you’ll be to provide your interviewer with the answers they’re expecting, namely: How are you going to be able to help them?