Five Tips For A Successful Job Interview
You have finally been shortlisted for an interview at that dream company. Now you want to make sure you can ace that interview and land the job. Being one of the top Toronto employment agencies, we have helped thousands of candidates successfully manage this critical stage, and we believe there are a few best practices that need to be followed irrespective of the industry or the career-level you are applying for.
- Research the company: The Internet has made this a much easier task than it used to be. Learn all you can about the organization. Browse through all available news stories. Study various comments left by employees, ex-employees, and clients.
- Understand the role: Analyse the job description thoroughly, try to understand what the organization is looking for in the ideal candidate. Draw parallels between your skill set and experience and understand how it fits in with what is required. Research industry trends for the role as well as the industry.
- Prepare a list of your key skills and accomplishments: This is an area that is explored by most interviewers – “what are your strengths and weaknesses” or “tell us more about yourself” are questions you can expect to be asked by most interviewers. The objective is to see what skills you bring to the table. Make a list of your personal and professional strengths. Support it with relevant examples of your accomplishments. If this is your first interview you can look at accomplishments during your academic years or in your personal life.
- Be prepared: Unexpected questions can catch you off guard. But be prepared with answers for all the possible questions you can think of. A little research will help you find all the top questions that are likely to be asked in an interview. Provide truthful answers, always. If you don’t know the answer, say so.
- Strive for a great first impression: Arrive on time if not a few minutes earlier. Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Research your interviewer beforehand and keep in mind any information you may have picked up to tailor your responses. It goes without saying that the apparel you wear has a key role to play in the first impression you create. Irrespective of the dress code at the organization interviewing you, we would advise you to be attired in your best work formals.