With the current economic state in North America, finding and getting a job has become very difficult. When a good job opens up, you must be prepared to do your very best to be able to beat out the competition and get that job. There is nothing more crucial than the ‘job interview’ when it comes to landing that hard to find job. With this in mind here are some pointers that you should study before you go on that job interview:

Always have an answer for those typical questions, “why should I hire you?” or the often heard, “why do you want to work for us?”. The best way to prep for these kinds of questions, is to do some background research on the company that you are interviewing for. Try to do as exhaustive a search as you can, and find out the intricacies of this firm so that you will have a lot of responses that will be asked of you when you interview.
The best and easiest way to do this is to go online and see if the company has a website, and then study the contents of this website. Use the ‘about’ section to find out about the company’s key thoughts and ideas and these should give you a good idea as to how to answer the difficult questions above. Look up what the company does, their basic motto or their basic driving philosophy. These are most important assets for you because they are the psychological motivators of those that are working for the company. Find out what the company does exactly, who it deals with most often, and who its clients are. If you can impress upon the person that is intervening you that you hold similar ideals yourself and that you know what the company does, then you will be able to make them feel like you are one of them or at least that you will be a good asset to them if hired.

Make sure that you stay aware of your body language. If you get sloppy and you forget about your posture and what your body is doing, then you might put off the people that are interviewing you. The best way to maintain good body language, without having to read all those long manuals on ‘how to sit like a winner’ or ‘the best way to hunch your shoulders for success’, is to just try to maintain an attentive body posture. What I mean by this is that you should always seem like you are completely focused on what the other person that is interviewing you is saying and doing. If you do this, you will naturally ‘mirror’ the other person’s body language without having to make an effort to do so. This is most crucial because if you try to actually mimic another person’s body language, they will catch on pretty quickly and will either become offended or think that you are weird. Instead just try to keep an attentive body language and of course you should try to be as mentally attentive as possible.

After you have researched the company as much as you can, try to come up with three specific attributes that you think will be very much appreciated by your interviewer. Study the company policy, understand their style as best you can and understand the job that you need to do for them. With this information in mind think of attributes that you think they will appreciate in an employee. Beyond this try to think of particular and special skills that you can offer that you think is unique; in this way he will be able to show your abilities and to excel in this by demonstrating that you have researched the current position and that you offer more than the average interviewee.

Make sure that you always stay positive. It could be the case that you will be one of many people interviewing that day and this can make you feel insignificant. Try not to let this get you though, make sure that you stay positive and that you exhibit good humor. Be confident in your skills in your abilities.
The best way to do this is just go in there with the attitude that you will be doing the very best that you can. If you do your research, make sure that you are attentive, and you try to do your best in representing your skills to those that are interviewing you, then you are free from worry because you know that you did your best. Even if you do make a mistake and thinking back on your actions you realize that there are things that you could have done better, do realize that while you were in the interview you were doing your best. Learn from any mistake that you made but at the same time do acknowledge to yourself that you did your best at the moment and because you were truly committed to doing your best, you cannot really worry about the outcome because there is nothing that you can change now.

It is always a good idea to create some kind of follow-up correspondence. This means is that you should have an e-mail created for the sole purpose of doing a follow-up with the agency that you just interviewed for. This e-mail should go out within 24 hours of you having had an interview; it should begin with something like, “thank you so much for the meeting we had…”. Make sure that you mentioned things that you learned during the interview, and make a special references about the interview that might allow you to stick in the mind of the interviewer (reference some specific thing about yourself that the interviewer might remember). You can end this e-mail with, “I look forward to hearing from you”. Also make sure that you spell-check and that you read everything before you e-mail it out, the last thing that you want is to have some kind of grammatical error on this e-mail.

One of the critical factors of being able to land the job that you want, is to be able to give a great interview. In order to have that great interview you must be prepared, and the points above should allow you to stand out in any interview that you have. Being prepared means doing research and jotting down answers that you think you’ll need to provide when you are in the interview. In order to beat the competition you need to be one step ahead of the competition. Good luck!