Applying for a new job is the easiest step in the process of actually getting the job. It is the interview, and more importantly the preparation process one must go through, that matters most.
Applying for jobs and obtaining interviews can probably be considered the least important of steps one must go through during the hiring process. That’s not to say that they aren’t necessary but only that once an applicant has successfully accomplished those tasks, the real preparation begins. Getting through an interview as successfully will, most definitely, take much more work.
There’s no question about just how important a role interview preparation plays in getting the job. Sure you’ve decided on the jobs you would like and you’ve even applied to and reached the interview portion of each jobs hiring process but are you ready to sit through and successfully answer all of the questions that will inevitably be asked during the interview. This is where thorough preparation comes in handy and the benefit will be well worth the time.
Researching the companies background and future goals is the best place to begin. This will not only prepare you for questions regarding that particular industry and even more importantly, that specific organization but it will give the impression that you could very well be a fantastic long term investment. You can ultimately make yourself out to be an asset to the company before you even get the job.
Just as important is being prepared for a wide variety of questions because they are sure to come. This is not as difficult as it might seem. Simply think about your goals relating to career and long term plans as they might relate to the company you are interested in. Where would you like to see yourself next year, in 5 years and even 10 years from now? What are you’re biggest strengths and successes pertaining to your career history and life in general and how could they be applied to the industry? These are all popular questions but even more popular is the infamous “what is your biggest weakness?” question and being prepared for them all will surely keep you relaxed through the interview.
As you can see, research is critical in determining the outcome of most interviews and although it will take time and effort, the final goal is definitely worth the work.