You managed to pass the first filter of the process. Your resume caught your eye and opened the doors to the next step: the personal interview.
It is normal for you to feel nervous, and to help you with this, try not to perceive the interview as an exam, where there are correct or incorrect answers and that must be overcome.
It is still a conversation between people. What the company is looking for is a person who gives it the confidence that it will be the professional who will help you with the need you have in the company.
A professional with a real interest in working with them, who is looking for more than just finding any job.
How can you prepare for the interview to make sure you make a good impression? The key is to be as natural as possible, and “doing your homework” in advance will help you to be more confident.
For this I bring you a series of recommendations:
Get all the information you can about the company.
- What does he do?
- What you sell, where your income comes from.
- What are your business lines and main clients.
- Main challenges of the sector.
- Mission, vision, values
Here the internet is your great ally. You can use the company’s website, its LinkedIn profile, news, etc.
It will provide you with the necessary information so that you can also discover why you are interested in working unlike any other company.
Take a good look at the offer, the job description, and the requirements, and review your resume in depth as your training, experience, and skills match what they are asking for.
The key here is relevance, those points that best fit what they ask for in the vacancy. Find your specific value proposition for them.
Have the most frequently asked questions prepared.
Strong points and the arguments that corroborate them. The paper holds everything, you can write several lines with all the skills and competences that you can think of.
The interesting thing here is that you know how to justify it. And that is done through events from experiences.
The formula for this is the CAR model (Challenge – Action – Results):
- Challenge. A certain situation, a difficulty that you encountered. What problem did you have to solve?
- Action. What did you do to solve it?
- Result. What impact did your action have?
This method helps you justify your skills and competences with facts, thereby acquiring truthfulness.
- Weaknesses and the actions you take to counteract them. Don’t fall into the mistake of using strong points clichés as weak points. Look for those who do not directly affect the position.
- Why they should choose you. Here they are interested in knowing how you are going to help them, what you can offer them differently from others. Having your value proposition well identified and defined will make you know how to transmit it safely and naturally.
- Don’t forget the attitude. It is essential to show yourself as a candidate with enthusiasm and energy. A close and natural smile will open many doors for you.
Every company, process, and consequently, interview is different. Therefore, take the time to prepare it, and practice it, to gain confidence and perfect your speech and communication skills when transmitting your potential as a professional.