Think back to your last interview and ask yourself, were you eager to make it clear to the interviewer that you are the right person for the job? Did you spend time thinking of ways to portray this message without coming across too as eager for the job? If the answer is ‘Yes’ you’re taking the right approach and I encourage you to continue this interview prep because it is a critical element to the success in getting the role.
So what steps should you take to show the interviewer you are the best person for the job? Below, I outline four activities to take before and during the interview.
1. Carry out thorough research on the company
Before you enter the interview room, do your homework. With so much information available online, this is easier than ever, so there’s really no excuse. Take some time to review the company website, read any press releases, and study their social media channels.
Through proper research you will be able to get a real idea of the DNA and culture of this organisation, so you can then demonstrate that knowledge during the interview. In doing this, you are demonstrating to the interviewer that you have made a real effort to do thorough research, and therefore must be interested in the role.
2. Prepare, practice and repeat
It’s also worth considering some of the key interview questions you may be asked and prepare some answers that you may like to give. What are the most common interview questions for this particular role and sector? Do you have an idea of how you would answer these?
Study the job-specification and cross reference it with your CV. Are there projects, specific training courses or examples from your previous jobs that are particularly relevant? Have clear details of these that you are prepared to talk about.
Practice your answers out loud at home beforehand and, if you can, have someone listen and give you feedback.
This kind of preparation will ensure that your suitability and keenness for the role comes across in the form of concise and composed answers that resonate strongly with the interviewer. This will also demonstrate that you have taken the time to practice your interview technique, so must care about this opportunity.
3. There is no such thing as a silly question
The interview itself is a great opportunity to learn more about the role and get a feel for the company. Consider asking if the position is new. If not, how has it evolved? This will provide you with some insight into the direction of travel for the business.
Ask about the position’s stakeholders, the measurements of success and the tools you will have at your disposal to ensure you will exceed expectations. You may also learn something interesting about the organisational culture from these questions.
Remember to ask the interviewer for details of their own background as this will help build your rapport with them and show your people skills.
Asking the above questions will show that you want the job on a number of levels.
Firstly, having good questions ready says that you want the job enough to think ahead and prepare. Secondly it will demonstrate your curiosity to learn more about the role, the interviewer and the business as a whole. Lastly, you will be able to strengthen your answers based on any insights that you get from asking these questions, therefore demonstrating your attentiveness throughout this interview.
4. A picture speaks a thousand words
A smile, strong eye contact, a good handshake and control of your hands while speaking all contribute to transmitting your enthusiasm to add value in the company. Demonstrating your passion will certainly give you a competitive edge over the other candidates and provide you with the best possible chance of starting work in your dream job.
In summary, the bulk of showing your enthusiasm boils down to good preparation; from researching the company and role, to punctuality, presentation and preparation.