Job Interviewing Like A Superstar Employee

Endless books, articles, websites, blogs and more all seem to have just the trick to nailing that interview.  While much of this can be solid, generic advice, there’s still one bit of wisdom that is universal when it comes to acing the interview and landing the job of your dreams; you need to show your potential employer that you’re a superstar fit for the position.  This may seem easier said than done, but don’t worry.  We have a few pieces of sage advice that will have you convincing your interviewer that you’re the best fit for the job, right from the get-go.

Certifications, Tests, Screening Questions and More

Many interviews are over before they’ve even begun due to candidates performing poorly on pre-employment testing.  These simple, yet important exams can vary from broad, personality based questions to specific quizzes on the skills you’ll need to perform your job duties.  Don’t be afraid to ask the HR representative or recruiter if a qualification or personality test will be a part of the interview process.  If so, the internet is chock-full of samples that may not have your exact questions but will let you go in more confident and prepared.

An Ounce of Preparation…

Let’s face it, the job market is tougher today than ever before.  With increased competition for the best positions, it’s no wonder that the interview process has also progressed.  From more in-depth questions to longer interviews with a greater number of people, companies know they have the upper hand when it comes to a deep and diverse talent pool.

Candidates interviewing today should be prepared to bring their A game.  Come up with a list of your strengths for the given position and be prepared to work them into the interview questions or filler conversation whenever possible.  Spend some time researching and thinking about how prior job duties or traits make you a good fit for the new position and then communicate those during the interview.  Finally, a little mock-interview with friends or family can help calm nerves and get you ready for common questions on your big day.

Know Your Employer’s Ideal Candidate

When it comes to showing your interviewer that you’ll make a great employer right out of the gate, nothing beats a little research into their current talent pool.  Time spent researching the company and their current employees is never wasted.  Education histories, average age, and prior skill sets can all be obtained from publicly available company bios or professional networking sites.  This information can come in handy for both your confidence and to help close the deal by demonstrating both your knowledge of and fit for the job role.

The Bottom Line

Showing your interviewer that you’d make a superstar employee, right out of the gate, is easier than you think.  Preparation is key and having an in depth knowledge of the company or business’ people and processes will demonstrate your commitment to contributing to their workforce and success.  During an interview, the potential employer will already be assessing whether you’d make a great fit.  It’s up to you to come prepared and ready to prove your skills and future value as a member of the team.

Article updated from the original on August 21, 2017