I’m a big fan of interviewing. I love to see how various people conduct a job interview and it’s a great way of keeping your skills sharp. Through networking with others and my personal experience I’ve found three things you should do on EVERY job interview.
1) RESEARCH: Find out about the company. Find out about the management team. How long have THEY been there? Where were they previously? Is the company on an upswing or facing hard times? Prepare to know more about them than they know about you. This will put you at ease in the interview and put YOU in a position of strength.
2) ASK QUESTIONS: This doesn’t mean DOMINATE the interview. There will come a time when they will ask you if you have any questions. If not you’ll be able to sense your opening. Why is the position open? What are the short-term and long-term goals of the company? What opportunities are there for advancement within the company?
3) THE SECRET WEAPON: There are many that will disagree with what I’m about to tell ya because many think it’s too bold but I always use the “secret weapon” for a reason. It will define the character of the person you will be working for. Ready? Ask him/her “What is YOUR biggest weakness.?” Anyone that is a great leader will be able to answer right away. A very big part of being strong is to recognize where you are weak. No one is perfect. We are all works in progress. Just be willing and able to answer the same question of yourself!!!