To succeed in an interview and free yourself from the stress of it, you need to prepare in advance. This preparation allows you to formulate your answers more clearly, establish a connection with the recruiter and ultimately land your dream job.
- Research the company beforehand
The first step to maximizing your chances of a successful interview is to research the company beforehand. This will give you a better idea of the type of employee they are looking for. In addition, you will be able to answer trick questions such as “why do you want to work for us”. Remember to carefully analyze the job description to use it to your advantage.
- Prepare your introduction
The recruiter will ask you to introduce yourself. They don’t want to know about your personal life, but rather understand your character traits. They want to know if you are the right candidate for the company. This is the time to impress them. In less than a minute, talk about your professional experiences that are relevant to your future position. Also, explain what you are currently doing for work and end by explaining why you are interested in a new job.
- Prepare answers to common questions
While it is impossible to anticipate all the questions you will be asked, it is possible to prepare for some of them. A simple Google search will tell you the most frequently asked interview questions. Use this to your advantage, rehearse your answers in front of a mirror. The challenge during your interview will be to keep your tone natural. To help you, rehearse your answers out loud and videotape yourself if necessary.
- Make connections (look for common points)
Remember that an interview is primarily an exchange between you and the recruiter. Use the first few minutes to make a good impression and talk freely with the recruiter. Look for common points between the two of you and listen carefully to the recruiter. People are more likely to remember you and want to hire you if they like you.
- Be prepared to discuss salary.
Rule number one, never negotiate your salary in your first interview. Always wait until the second interview. However, if the question of salary is raised by the recruiter during the first meeting, we advise you to set a salary range beforehand that you would be willing to consider. This will give you room for negotiation later on.
- End the interview on a high note.
Just before the end of the interview, the recruiter will ask you if you have any questions. By answering yes and asking a few questions, you show that you are really interested in the position. This is also a great opportunity for you to stand out and learn more about your future role.
Here are some questions you can ask:
What are the next steps in the recruitment process?
Can you give me an example of a typical day/week?
Can you tell me a little more about the team I will be working with?