What comes after a cover letter and résumé? If you've caught the employer's attention, the next step is usually a face-to-face interview. This is an opportunity for you and the hiring manager to interact. One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to have answers to three crucial questions.
- Why do I want this job?
- What do I have to offer?
- What else do I need to know?
Why do I want this job?
Think carefully about a company you've targeted and why you would like to work there. When you know the answer, you'll be able to answer some important interview questions such as:
- How did you become interested in Digital Media? Tip: Show them your tech, business or artist passion!
- Why did you submit your application to our company/organisation? Tip: Demonstrate that you've done your homework and are sincerely interested in what they do!
- What are your general career interests? Tip: Consider how will you fill the skills gap that they have!
- What do you see yourself doing in five years? Tip: Consider how you might grow with the company!
What do I have to offer?
The employer has spent time putting all the key requirements in the job positing. Review the job posting and be prepared to provide examples of how you have demonstrated the specific skills and abilities they are looking for. Employers want to know why they should hire you. To find out, they often ask general questions that will help them find out who you are:
- What skills/strengths would you bring to this position?
- What kinds of work appeal to you most?
- What are your weaknesses? Tip: Offer what you're doing to improve, what you've learned, etc…
- How can you contribute to our company/organisation?
- What was your most important accomplishment at school or at another job?
What else do I need to know?
An employer will probably ask you: "Is there anything you would like to know about our company/organisation or the job?" Always prepare some questions of your own for the end of the interview. It proves to the employer that you're organized and are a forward thinker. Here are some topics to explore:
- The company's goals and challenges
- What supervisors look for in employees: "What are the key skills or personality traits you are looking for in a successful incumbent?"
- Please describe an average day for an employee in this role
- What success would look like within 90 days of joining the team
- Who you would be reporting to
- Who you would be working with
Don't forget the Thank You note!
- Thank the company for taking the time out of their busy day to interview you.
- Re-state your interest in the work opportunity; show them you're passionate and hungry for the opportunity.
- Re-affirm your belief you'd be a good employee; remind the employer what unique skills and experience you bring to the table.
- Offer to provide more information and references if they like.
Prepare carefully for possible interview questions. Write out answers and practice them on your own and with family and friends.
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