Juan Lorenzo’s Answer
As the saying goes, "practice makes perfect!" I am speaking based from my experiences, and I have listed below what I did to prepare myself for interviews and hopefully, these steps can help you as well.
Juan Lorenzo recommends the following next steps:
First of all dress for the job you want, without a tuxedo, dress the part.
Second, in my opinion what everyone looks into a good candidate/good interview is someone who is concise, doesn't lose his train of thoughts, to the point, good story teller, etc.
To stand out, despite the many answers you already got, I would say:
#1 Match job posting and resume
Highlight the different part of the job posting and match it to your resume. Use maybe a few different highlighters to really distinguish the different skillset required. This will be make it easier for you to speak about what has not been highlighted (because it will come up!)
#2 Look out for the obvious
Look for the obvious questions you will be asked: Experience, gap in resume, etc. Be prepared to respond to these questions with a well prepared answer. It might be a way for you to shine.
#3 Work on story telling
A good story needs to be down to the point and follow a path of development. Don't get lost into rabbit holes and other tangent, look into the narrative and make sure it is one where you stand out.
#4 Prepare and Practice make Perfect
There will be obvious questions about your resume, also, there will be the questions we are all expecting: Tell me about yourself, what are some of your qualities, what do you like about our company, why do you want to work here, etc.?
It will vary per the role and industry but all the questions you will have will be in some sort of the same flavor from one interview to the next.
Then rehearse, under the shower, in front of the mirror, with friends, family, etc. The more you repeat your stories the more they will come naturally and when a question you have not prepared for arise you should be more relaxed to answer.
Hope this helps,
I will just add 3 items-
1) As early in the interview as possible try to ask what attributes the interviewer believes are most important for the job you are speaking about. Then make sure you are able to show where you excel in those areas.
2) As you think about what makes you a great candidate for the job, try to think of actual examples from your past and provide those in the interview. Have you heard of the STAR method? Explain to the interviewer the Situation/Task, the Action you took, and the Results of that action. Many believe the best predictor of future success is related to what you have done. So give the interviewer concrete examples of where you've had success. The more you can align them to what you learned from the interviewer to your question above, the better.
3) Be clear on what you want the interviewer to know. If you are great with people, you have outstanding organizational skills, or any other strength that you feel is important to this job role. If you are not asked a question that lets you speak about it. Make sure you add it before you leave. Example: "We spoke about several examples from my past work/school life, but before I go, I want to make sure you know that I have xxx or I excel at xxx this is a skill I would use to benefit your organization."
I hope this is helpful! Good luck with your interviews!
I write based on my experience.
I majored in chemistry in university and I was interested in computers at university.
This is my first job after graduation, and this is my answer when I interviewed for computer developers position.
Although I am not majoring in computer science, I have the ability to use computer a lot for data analysis and simulation. And I also understand your company's work, so I introduced that I can do well based on my academic ability. And after joining the company, I worked on programming development for 4 years.
This is an interview when I transferred to the sixth IT company.
I introduced the advantages that the experience of development work is helpful in technologies sales as I understand the IT field and know the technology trends. I also emphasized that I know many customers. I'm emphasizing that these various experiences have been accumulated. And as an employee of a famous global IT company, I sell H/W and S/W technologies. I always emphasize that I can build customer experience and human networks and apply them directly to our work whenever I move.
I hope it helps you.
1) Think beforehand and be ready to talk about links between the things you've done (whether in school, in clubs, volunteering, or part-time jobs) with the listed job requirements and expectations. For example, if the job involves customer service, and you've worked in retail or food service, that's customer service! Share things you've learned in those other experiences that would translate to the new job.
2) Be ready to show how you've made the most of every opportunity before you. For example, I once interviewed two people for an entry-level job, and the first said she was a member of a student organization. The second one joined the same organization, but she told me about analyzing a problem they had among the members, and how she stepped up and created a new resource to solve that problem. I hired the second one, and it proved to be a great decision.