1. Do your research on the company before the interview
What information are you looking for?
Where can you find this information?
- Have in mind the company’s key figures: size, revenue, organisation...
- Learn more about the company’s sector: trends, main competitors...
- Forge your opinion on the company’s values through its own voices and its employees'. You can even learn about some historical events.
Form your own opinion
- First of all,check the job description or the job offer.
- Then, browse the internet. The internet is always there for you. Check the company's corporate website, its LinkedIn, Glassdoor or Welcome to the Junglepages, articles dealing with the company and profiles of its employees on social networks.
- Finally, check the specialised press about the sector of the company you're applying for.
Reading all this information will allow you to form your own opinion. This way, you can define the arguments and the reasons motivating you to apply for this company.
Employees take care of a veggie patch? Since you first grew lentils in kindergarten, you are fond of planting and sowing your own vegetables. The company supports young musicians? You have played piano since you were 6, and also sing in a choir. You might not be the new Bocelli, but your commitment to music can be an asset making all the difference! You should find what you are looking for... And the company too.
Now all that's left to do is write a short paragraph with your arguments to be more relaxed on the day itself.
2. Show your motivation
Motivation in a job is a real asset for a job seeker. When you are motivated, you want to learn more and progress within a company. Employers are really looking for people who can inspire others and motivate them to reach the company's objectives.
3. Show your ambitions for the company
Ambition is a skill that every hiring manager is interested in. However, to convince the interviewer, you must not think about yourself only: highlight the gains for the employer and anticipate the long-term future.
Show that you want to do your career in-house. Most applicants do not anticipate long-term opportunities – this will help you stand out. This way, the interviewer will understand that you want to make the most of the experience he/she is offering.
4. Highlight your experiences, even when they "failed
Do not hesitate to discuss your failures. You tried to create a startup and it didn’t work out? It doesn't matter. On the contrary, it can be a great start. Such a project shows your spirit of initiative; and, since you applied for another position after you failed, you are also able to start over.