Judgmental, intimidating and stern – three adjectives that have been attached to employers for decades, but are they really this bad? While you might find the odd boss who makes you shiver with fear, most employers are easy to talk to, willing to listen and want to help you develop.
Knowing that your employer is only human will help settle your nerves when stepping into that interview room. They are not looking to catch you out – they want to give you the opportunity to show them your many great qualities.
As all great chefs know, preparation is a vital ingredient when it comes to success – the same is true for getting a job. So, set aside some time and do your homework. So, what exactly do you need to know?
While it’s not important to know what breakfast cereal the CEO prefers, it is crucial that you know the answer to all those big questions – when was the business founded and who by? Who runs it now? What is the company’s purpose and vision? The more you know, the more impressed your employer will be.
Basic information, such as this, can normally be found online. If you don’t have a computer, go and visit your local library and use one there. Take a look at the company’s website and do some research. Revise the information you find out and recite it in front of a friend or even a mirror. Don’t worry if you don’t remember everything, a general overview of the workplace will go a long way.
Remember to show enthusiasm and passion throughout your interview. Knowing the company vision is one thing, but they are looking to see if you are as passionate about it as they are.
Once you’ve got to grips with what the company is all about, focus on what the company is after in an employee. Imagine yourself in their shoes: what type of person would you hire? Note down some of characteristics and qualities you think are key to the job you are applying for. How can you demonstrate you have these?
You don’t have to pretend to be someone else, but you will need to show them you are suited to the position. And just because interviews are serious, it doesn’t mean you have to act dull. Let your character shine and show employers how excited and enthused you are to be part of the company.
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Written by Kimberley Taylor