In our society, we practice for everything: football games, speeches, golf, you name it. But how many people practice and prepare for an interview for a job, which could be the launch of an incredible career for the rest of their lives? Probably not that many. Here is a statistic to consider; even if you make it to the interview phase, typically, so have at least 2 to 5 other people. Only 1 gets the job. That means that once you have an interview, your chances of being hired are still only between 20% and 33%. Those are not the best odds. Improve your odds by utilizing these resources and working directly with a career counseling professional.
Research the company
Knowing about the company you are interviewing with is a huge advantage in the job search process. Organizations are seeking candidates who know what their company does and how they as a candidate align with that organization. It is critical for you candidates to find out about an organization before an interview. A good place to start is the company's website to find out their mission, vision, values, recent news updates. The next step might be to explore the company's social media profiles to gain an understanding of the company's culture and current projects and accomplishments. After that, put the company's name into a Google news search to find any recent new stories, awards, publications. You can pull any of this information into your interview by referencing it while answering questions or using some of the information to inform the questions you ask them.
Utilize Big Interview
This free resource can help you review interview questions, practice web-based interviewing, and give you a peak at how you sound and look during an interview. Now, let's be honest, most people don't enjoy watching themselves on camera and it's odd to hear voice recorded and played back; however, this is one of the best ways to improve your communication style while interviewing. Listening to your answers to practice questions will help you determine what verbal ticks to work towards eliminating, give you an understanding of which answers were detailed and focused, which were short and vague, and which were long and rambling, and it will provide you with actual examples of your facial expressions or lack thereof. Big Interview also provides a database of videos that provide additional tips and advice.
Check out Big Interview and start using it today simply by creating a new account, choose conduct an interview, select your questions, and start recording. To register your account, use your SRU email, along with the access number 0669