Win the Job You Want: Preparing Like a Champ

Win the Job You Want

Interviews can be tough – even for seasoned veterans. The interview is, however, your best opportunity to gain insight into the position and company. The interview will also allow you to determine how your experience and talent can contribute to the company’s growth and profitability. We have included a list of things you can do to make your interview as successful as possible.

Do your homework – on the company. Find out as much about the company – its history, its current situation and its future – as you can.

Sources to use include:

  • Your Recruiter

  • The Internet

  • Periodicals & Trade Journals

  • Annual Reports & 10K Reports

  • Friends & Business Associates

  • Company Website

Do your homework – on the position. Have a thorough understanding of the positon, the primary responsibilities, and what is expected.

Be prepared to ask questions:

  • Who has been successful in this position and why?

  • Who has failed in this position and why?

  • Who does this position report to?

Do your homework – on yourself. Make sure your resume has been updated and that you are able to explain your previous experience in detail.

Review career history thoroughly:

  • Review all dates, positions, responsibilities, and accomplishments

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses.

  • Be prepared to cite specific examples of achievements and how these experiences can help the company solve some of its problems.

  • Concentrate on your most recent positions, but don’t neglect your early career.

  • Reflect on your successes so you can adequately impart your strengths when given the chance!

Remember, the prospective employer will make his or her decision based on these key factors:

  • Attitude and business poise

  • Image presentation and communication skills

  • Experience and skill set

  • Education and certifications

  • Transferable industry and technical background