I recently attended the Lapid Leaders Career Bootcamp during which we covered interview skills extensively. Here are some of the pointers that I picked from the boot camp.
An interview can be a nerve wrecking process if one isn’t fully prepared. Interviewees are evaluated based on posture, dress code and the interviewee’s ability to sell themselves. This may seem overwhelming at first but through proper preparation and practice, one could be able to make the best of interviews.
Pre-interview preparation plays a huge role in how the interview turns out. Here are some of the key things to do before an interview:
1.Go through your resume and understand it, since most questions will be based on what you wrote. It will be quite unfortunate to add a hobby that you see on most resumes e.g. reading books without being able to answer an interviewer’s question “which book are you currently reading?”
2.Always be authentic with the information you provide. Ensure you tailor your resume to the position you seek since different jobs require different skill sets.
3.Google the commonly asked questions in an interview. This will act as a guideline on which questions to expect. You can ask a friend/family to act as a recruiter, this will give you more confidence and feedback on what you should work on before the interview.
4.Do your research on the current activities the organization is running, understand their objectives, goals, and vision.
5.Always carry all the necessary documents. This could include your resume, academic transcripts, notebook and pen (in case you have to write something instead of using your phone).
6.Be 30 minutes early, this will give you time to compose yourself.
7.Put your phone on silent before the interview.
When called in the board room always walk with confidence. A firm shake and eye contact is always memorable.
1.It is good etiquette to always ask “If you can have a seat?”
2.Avoid fidgeting. This distracts the panel and shows that you are nervous.
3.Use the STAR model (Situation, Task, Action, Results) when asked to describe areas that you faced a challenge. This model gives a systematic approach, through a situation, one can paint a picture of the problem you had to address. The task can give comparisons of what was expected of you, action demonstrates the steps taken to reach the achieved result.
4.Always take the opportunity to pose a question for the panel. This is not the time to ask about the pay grade of the position applying for, in fact, avoid questions that revolve around figures. Ask intelligent questions that cannot be found on their website. This shows that you are interested in the organization.
Once you have given your best shot at the interview. It’s always advisable to send a thank you email. Follow-up and always ask for feedback if you were not successful. This will help you grow and have an edge over other interviewees in the future.
This article was written by Felix Mwendwa a Lapid Leaders graduate. To find out more about Lapid Leaders visit their website.