Conquer the Interview
How to Land the Job
In 90 seconds, interviewers know whether they will hire you.
So what do you do to make that decision a yes?
Make the first impression.
- Earlier rather than later.
- Have the resume on hand.
- Dress to impress or the same as everyone else?
- You should not drink something hot or cold up to 30 minutes before the interview.
- If you don't smile when you walk into the room, odds are that you won't get the interview.
- Within 50 milliseconds, the course of your interview is determined
How To Steer the Interview in the Right Direction
How to answer "Tell me about yourself"
5 Step Method
- Talk about yourself and your strong suits
- Emphasize with examples
- Talk about company and its strong suits
- Emphasize with company examples
- Relate the two together
Knowledge About the Company
47% of hiring managers did not hire someone because of a lack of company knowledge
What to Look Up:
- "So what do you like about _____?"
- Company mission statement
- Specific terminology
- Latest products/services of company
While interviewer is speaking
- Be engaged
- Make eye contact
Question: Say the hiring manager is sitting back in their chair, relaxed. Do you do the same or sit properly?
It is okay for the interview to go on a course of its own.
- Don't wait until the end to ask questions, if something intrigues you, speak up.
How to Answer "What is Your Weakness?"
- You are still trying to market yourself
- Hiring managers see through the typical "my weakness is actually a major strength
- Still be genuine
- They aren't looking at what you answer but how you answer.
- It is meant to throw you off your game.
How to Answer "What is Your Strength?"
- Think about what they look for in an employee
- Again, looking at how you answer it
- Relate back to company morals
What to do if you don't know how to answer the question
- Don't use "um" and "like"
- "That's a great question, let me think about that"
Seal the Deal
- How to answer "any questions?"
- Firm handshake and smile
- Follow up email
Compare and Contrast Interviews
Interview 1: Peter
- Firm handshake
- Sit up straight
- Answered the "Talk About Myself" well
- Answered the "Why Do I Think I'll Be Good for This Position" well
- Does not reflect the interviewer's body language
- Talks too fast
- Drinks coffee during interview
- Messy, crumpled resume
- Doesn't answer "Strengths and Weaknesses Well"
Interview 2: Trae
- Good strengths and weaknesses
- Good resume
- Talks about irrelevant things
- Too casual
- Treating the interviewer as a friend, not an employer
- Doesn't reflect interviewers body language