Job Hunting Advice: Interview Prep Tips. Turn “So Close” into “Your Hired”!

How many times have you come across a job posting and think to yourself, "this is my dream job"?  It happens to everyone.  The company and job look  perfect!  You daydream and imagine yourself getting up every morning so happy to be apart of something special and even going to the company events.  If only we could just get a chance to interview.

In a perfect world, every job that  you applied for you would at least get to talk to someone on the phone.  But, the more you apply for great jobs the less you hear back from, well, from anyone.  It can be very disappointing, to say the least. 

Hang in there and be prepared.  It may not seem like it, but you will get your chance so you want to be ready.

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1. Know the job description inside and out. I mean every sentence! This may sound like a no-brainer but most of the interview questions will be directly related to the minimum and preferred job skills.  Just add "so tell me about your experience with..." to every required and preferred skill in the job description. Keep in mind that you will not be the only person this team will be interviewing for this position so it is vital not to get tripped up on the basic questions.

Be prepared to discuss how your previous experience (should be in your resume) as it related to each bullet point in the job description.

What to do if you don't have experience with a bullet point in the job description?

  • Do Your Homework on what you don't know!
  • Take an online course and watch every youtube video you can on the topic.
  • Find someone who works in the  company (or someone who retired from the company) you are interviewing with or a competitor who is doing the job you are interviewing for and ask if you can interview them research you are doing to prepare for an interview.

If there is a something listed in the job description that you have not done before don't stress.  It's important to be upfront with the interviewer and let them know that haven't had the chance to work with (whatever it is you don't have experience with) yet, but let them know that you have done your homework and are a quick learner.

Imagine this scenario.  During the interview, you are asked if you have any experience with VRX45i, one of the software applications needed from time to time for the job you are interviewing for and you say "Unforntually, I haven't had the chance to work with VRX45i yet but I downloaded a demo version of the latest version of VRX45i and have completed an online course and love it and are ready to jump in!" Wow, you just turned a potential show stopper into the reason they are going to hire you! Sweet.

Wow, you just turned a potential show stopper into the reason they are going to hire you! Sweet.

Not only have you shown the interview team that you are a self-starter but that you are a quick learner. That is a winning combination

If you have to do this more than once or twice in order to prepare for the interview, it is going to very obvious to the interview team that you are probably not qualified.  Let me know what you think and stay positive.