Tips for Job Seekers

Before the interview

Do your homework and prepare for an interview. Most companies and employers expect candidates to have a somewhat strong idea of what the company does and the role of the job position to achieve the desired goals. Always keep in mind that you are competing with other candidates that have also gone through the same filters as you did. Research the company, its mission and vision. This will help you determine what type of candidate they are looking for. Some companies or positions demand proactive, creative or inquiring profiles, while other work better with disciplined and ordered people.

Nowadays, most companies plan and develop behavioral interviews. This human resources trend focuses on searching for the candidate’s personal abilities and attitudes rather than knowledge. Most companies understand that information can be acquired and gathered easily, but abilities are harder to harvest. Typical questions of a behavioral interview include resolving hypothetical problems, naming past experiences and stories of success, and experiences with dealing with difficulties or obstacles. Prepare your information for a behavioral interview, list your stories, and practice them. Be sure to acknowledge your best skills and abilities while replying to the interviewers questions.

As a final recommendation prior to your interview, try to find a contact that works in a similar area of the job position. Do an informational interview and clear all of your doubts about processes and objectives. This will help you arrive at the interview with greater knowledge about what and how to answer properly.

During the interview

Try not to memorize your information so you can act naturally during an interview. Most interviews are formal, but have room for some friendliness or humor. Appealing to the emotional side of the interviewer is a safe option; remember that you might be coworkers if you get the job. Make sure to arrive with a positive and secure mentality. Even if you do not feel the best candidate for a position, act like you are. Security is an attitude that is easily shared between people. Mention your skills and be sure to fit the position to your skills and not the other way. Convince yourself in order to convince the interviewer.