This post is part III of a three-part series about hiring. The last two weeks, we covered what to look for when hiring and how hiring affects your business. You can find part I of the series hereand part II here.
The last two weeks, we’ve been focusing on the company’s side of the hiring process. This week, we’ll take a look at how the interviewee can stand out.
Here are a few things to remember during the interview process as a job seeker:
- Revise your resume: Your resume should show your accomplishments, not just tasks you perform. Reviewing and updating your resume can remind you of your strengths and weaknesses; it also lets you see what you’ve accomplished at your current job.
- Research the company: You can never be too prepared when it comes to researching the company you are interviewing with. Know the size of the company, their target audience, the products they sell, and other companies that they work closely with. Knowing about the company will impress who you’re interviewing with. It also shows that you are willing to work hard in order to be prepared.
- Remember why you are there: The interview should be about much more than landing a job or a paycheck. Ask yourself: Am I a fit for this company? Will I be challenged enough? Will I like my job? It’s important to really think these questions through.
- Be ready with your own questions: Don’t underestimate just how important it is that you can see yourself fitting in to the culture of the company. Go to the interview ready with a few questions to help you judge your compatibility. Not having any questions at the end of the interview can make you come off as uninterested, unprepared and unengaged.
Don’t settle. Don’t take the job if you have concerns about your compatibility. Make sure you can see yourself at this company in five, ten, even twenty years from now, working your way up and establishing yourself as a member of the team.
It’s important not only for you, but also for the company you are interviewing with. You don’t want to waste your own time, nor theirs.