How to ace an interview … once you get one!

Sometimes getting an interview is the hardest part. Why do I say that? Well, more companies are using software to ‘sift’ through applications for roles they have … meaning that if your application/cover letter is not targeted specifically to the job description then chances are you will not get that interview. The traditional way of applying is changing. If you think about it, your paper resume is what you did but your social resume is who you are, and companies want to know what you are like in real life. So, it makes sense that your social resume will play a part at some point in the hiring process. By reading your tweets and other posts it gives them a sense of your character. As proof of your social media accounts being favored over the traditional resume, I would like to offer the following stories and examples:

  • Vala Afshar, the Chief Marketing Officer of Boston based Enterasys hired someone in marketing by making them apply via Twitter. He did not ask for a resume, instead the candidates had to submit their social media links.

  • People are blogging for jobs! You can set up a personal blog and invite potential employers to contact you.

  • Social is trending. A recent study by Jobvite claims that candidates found through social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are more likely to be hired.

The phrase “send me your resume” will soon mean send me your digital profile complete with verified identity authentication among all your social profiles, work history and internet links. To increase the chances of having a successful job interview, take the time to prepare before meeting with the hiring team. Think about the topics you are likely to discuss, ways to position yourself as a strong candidate and opportunities to make a positive impression on the hiring team. Include the following in your job interview preparations:

  • Research: Learn as much as you can about the company and the position.

  • Planning: Carefully consider what examples you may use in the interview – this will be about how you can demonstrate what impact you have had in previous roles.

  • Practice: Reflect on the most effective ways to discuss common interview subjects.

Check out this great article in the indeed career guide. Your interview starts the moment you wake up. Remember, the first person you meet at the company may have a say in your potential appointment. During the interview, embed your responses in examples - do not generalise. Show your passion for the job – it may not be your qualifications that set you apart from other candidates but your passion and genuine interest in the job opportunity. And lastly – say thank you. Not just at the end of the interview but in a follow-up email – this will really set you apart and show them you are interested in the job and the company. Check out this article from TopResume on the importance of saying thank you after an interview.

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