8 Interview Tips To Find the Best Job For You
I’ve been on the job market since 2001, and when I think about who I was at that time, there are so many things I wish I knew back then. Especially when it comes to job interviews. I went through so many interviews, struggling to find my place among all these companies, and trying to be the candidate I thought they wanted me to be…
However, even if I had a time machine, it would be useless to disrupt the space time continuum by traveling into the past to coach myself on the matter. The world evolved a lot since then, and the Digital Revolution is right around the corner. I’m glad to announce that you don’t necessarily have to “fit the mould” anymore in many places. You can or find the workplace that’s right for you.
Here are 8 tips that will help you thrive in interviews in the corporate world so that you can find the workplace that’s right for you. If you’re done with your studies and are ready to tackle your career, this should help you out.
Source : I’m a hiring manager for a software company 🙂
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1. Be Ready To Ask Questions
Recruiters and hiring managers meet a lot of people. They ask a lot of questions, and talk a lot. Eventually, they will give you the floor. Be ready for this. Ask open-ended questions. Challenge them. Make them think.
From a recruiting point of view, this kind of curiosity is welcome. It shows that you actually care about the position and the workplace. For me, and let me be clear, I consider someone who does not have any questions to be someone who is not really interested.
So spend some time thinking about all the pain points you’ve been having in your former jobs. Think of all the things that you needed to be your best. What were the deal-breakers for you? This should generate good questions that will not only validate that the company you’re being interviewed by is the right one for you, but it also shows that you care enough to project yourself in their organization. You’re already testing the waters.
2. You Are Also Interviewing Them
It’s quite hard to break the habit of thinking that you’re the only one being scrutinized in an interview. But it isn’t the case. You are looking for the best place to spend 30 to 40 hours of your precious time every week. You have the right to ask questions to verify that you will be in a place where you will feel fulfilled and useful.
If, as a potential candidate, you must emphasize what you can do to help them, they owe you exactly the same. How do THEY work for their employees? Go figure it out! And the more curious you are, the better the chances that they’ll remember you.
3. Ask Them To Meet With The Team They Are Hiring For
Doing this can be revealing, as it will definitely uncover parts of the culture of the organization. Sometimes, the recruiter will not even know which team they are hiring for! You will be spending a great part of the upcoming years with a group of people, and it’s not exactly far fetched to state that they are in a better position to know if it’s going to be a good fit.
If this isn’t at all possible, I would be half worried. As nice and caring as a recruiter can be, they are still a proxy between the team and the interviewee. There is a good chance they can’t answer a lot of questions you could have for your eventual team.
4. Ask To Meet The Manager You Would Work With
It is a well known fact that most people who quit their job actually quit their manager. Can’t blame them. And I wouldn’t blame you either for wanting to meet with your future boss (too often, it isn’t even planned in the recruiting process). This person will be responsible for the early years of your career, so you want to make sure they can help you grow, make you a better collaborator, a better person, and help you become a leader in the place.
Good managers don’t shackle their people, they propel them. How can your future boss bring you to the next level? That’s some awesome question for them right there.
5. Show Your Intrinsic Motivation
Money is good and necessary. And it definitely will influence you when the time come to choose a job. It can absolutely be a good motivator. But is really the motivation companies are looking for? (Answer: rarely).
But money won’t be good enough if you’re going to be unchallenged, if you won’t grow or find any way kind of intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is the kind of motivation that comes from the inside. It is a mix of mastery, autonomy, and purpose. How can this company fuel your need for mastery, autonomy and purpose? Ask yourself this. When you find the answer, you will be better ready to answer the infamous “Why do you want to work here?” question.
6. Make Sure You Can Fit In Their Culture
Not an easy thing to do, because culture is the sum of all habits in a company, and a recruiter is just one part of it. But there are ways to scrutinize the culture of an organization.
Here is a list of questions that could uncover parts of the culture of the company. You will be able to tell, at the very least, if they are conservative or progressive, in a fixed mindset or growth mindset. You should then have a better idea as to if it’s a good place for you.
Questions to uncover parts of an organization’s culture
What happens when someone makes a huge mistake? How is failure perceived?
What are some initiatives from the staff that are still in place to this day?
How often do performance reviews take place? (Note: the more often the better. “Once a year” is starting to be considered ineffective and even detrimental in many markets).
How is individuality celebrated?
Can you give a few examples in which the organization walked the extra mile for the employees?
7. Don’t try to impress them. Find your vocation and inspire them.
One thing that I figured along the way as I became a hiring manager is that those who kept talking about their past were impressing me, and those who kept talking about their future were inspiring me.
Your past experiences are useful to measure your sense of initiative, your knowledge, but doesn’t guarantee anything for the future as everything is so contextual. Your resume is a good piece of evidence concerning your past. I encourage you to talk about the future in your interview.
Find your vocation and put it in the spotlight. Talk about why you get up in the morning. What impact you want to have on this world. What do you want to bring to society. This has much better chances of inspiring. Coupled with your experience, it can be a winning combination.
If you’re not sure you found your vocation, read my article Why you should focus on your Why. What you will read in there changed my life and the way I approached my career, and helped me find my vocation.
8. Ask them how they can help you fulfill your vocation
In the previous point, I stated that finding your vocation can help you inspire recruiters during an interview. A vocation, once it’s found (and it will evolve with time as well) is not something to be taken lightly. It is a call to achieve something greater than ourselves, and that’s greater than our career. It’s not something that can be easily found (I figured out mine at 38 years old). But it’s worth starting to think about it now!
If you find your vocation, you know you’ll be working towards fulfilling it, with or without your employer. So you might as well try to find a place that supports your vocation and can leverage it to achieve their own goal. It’s a win-win situation. But getting there can be a lifetime achievement. So start working on it now, will you?