So, your resume is in tip-top shape, and you've sold yourself perfectly on the application. You've gotten the call for an interview. Now, it's time to move into the second phase of your action plan: the research.
Prior to actually sitting down with your interviewer, you want to make sure that you have as much information about the company as possible. That way, when you're actually participating in the interview, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to answer any of the questions he or she might throw at you.
Begin with gathering some basic information about the company -- this information can be anything from its global reach to the basic mission of the organization. Also, you'll want to have as much information about the specific job you're applying for so you can speak to specific skills and qualifications. Having this vital information will mean that you can make a show of going point for point with your skills versus the listed qualifications. Also, the ability to speak to specific aspects of the job will show the interviewer that you've done your homework [source: University of Ottawa].
Once you've gotten all of your research done, it's a good idea to know what you're walking into. Being able to answer standard questions about your background and work experience in a confident manner will help tremendously in your interview. Having some answers prepared and rehearsed will allow you to present yourself in the best possible light [source: UC Berkley].
Finally, you'll want to be engaged throughout the interview, and that means asking questions. It's a good idea prepare some questions of your own prior to your interview. These questions can be specific ones about the position you're applying for, or they can be more general questions about the organization as a whole.
While looking for a job can be a stressful activity, having laid out your values, goals and research in an organized action plan will help relieve some of that stress.
- University of California, Berkley. "6 Steps to a Job Action Plan." 2012. (March 25, 2012) http://alumni.berkeley.edu/services/career-services/resources/articles/job-search/6-steps-job-seach-action-plan
- University of Ottawa. "Job Search Tools." 2012. (March 25, 2012) http://www.sass.uottawa.ca/careers/tools/interview.php