Why is a manhole round?
How would you answer that question if you were interviewing for Apple or some other company in the future?
When most people answer this question in an interview, they do a stellar job of being exceedingly…
When you are in an interview for that job, what will be your “wow” moment?
How will you be remembered? What do you want to be your lasting impression? What will be your overall theme about who you are and what you are?
What can I do in this moment that will be uniquely different than anyone else?
The following questions from F. Lawrence Colman are a great resource for your interview preparation.
Before you go, this is the to-do list you should go through:
- Verify the particulars.
- Where is the interview?
- Google whoever is interviewing you.
- With whom will you be interviewing?
- What time is the interview?
- Know the company.
- Name of the company.
- Age of the company.
- Products or services of company.
- Where do they rank in the industry in size and sales.
- Current problems of company Chief Competitors.
- Geographical location of position.
- Be prepared to tell them something they don’t know about their company.
- Showing up late.
- Poor grooming.
- In appropriate dress.
- Smoking is no longer acceptable behavior.
- Bizarre behavior.
- Lying about anything.
- Not necessary to share any and everything.
- Watch your body language.
- Failure to look them in the eye.
What employers seek in a candidate:
(Can you do the job? Will you love the job? Will you actually take the job if I offer it to you? Will you fit in with the rest of the group? Will you make me look good?)
- Knowledge of the company and industry.
- Relevant education and work experience.
- Focus (One team, one fight).
- Communication skills.
- Personal characteristics.
- Teamwork skills.
Effective networking (especially at career fairs)
- Don’t show up and throw up.
- Write a script ahead of time of what you are going to say.
- Be succinct, pleasant and confident when contacting a resource.
- Do not “drop in” on individuals without their permission.
- If you are calling based on referral of someone else, provide that person’s name at the beginning of the conversation.
- Keep email messages succinct and to the point.
STAR Interview type, (typically only used for interviewees with experience.)
- BE HONEST, don’t try to be clever.
- Situation, what occurred?
- Task, what needed to be done?
- Action, what did you do?
- Results, what was the outcome?
5 Key principles for Wow moments
- Know the companies culture.
- Introduction. They ask, “how are you?” don’t answer, “fine.” FINE = feelings I’m not expressing. Answer, “I’m perfect.” Latin root for perfect is perfectus and it means “complete.”
Potential Questions you will encounter and warnings for your responses.
- Tell me about yourself. (Its an ice breaker, they really don’t care about you. Give them something they will remember.)
- Tell me two things that you think you could improve upon. Or what is your greatest weakness? What can you tell me about my company? (Answer this honestly)
Potential questions that would be in your best interests to ask:
- What do you feel are the key skills to be successful in this position?
- What strengths do you feel I bring to this position?
- What concerns do you have about my background?
- Ask for the job.