In your lifetime, you will probably have to prepare for lots and lots of job interviews. Every interview is different because every job and every interviewer is different. That being said, there are a few things that rarely change when it comes to job interviews.
Here are eight things you should always say (and mean) in an interview:
1. You know the company really well.
Show the interviewer you’ve done your research by talking about your knowledge of the company. Before the interview, view their website, social media, recent articles, and whatever else you can find. Know the scope of the company and current events related to it. Weave this knowledge throughout your responses, and the interviewer will see your true interest company.
2. You have the experience to do the job.
Every interviewer is going to ask about your experience. Use this question as your opportunity to prove you have the ability to do the job. Talk about relevant things you’ve done and the results of your work. Explain that your success with a previous project will allow you to successfully do something else for this company. Prove your worth.
3. You work well with others.
The ability to work in a team is one of the qualities employers want most. An interviewer wants to hear how you have worked in a team in the past and how your team succeeded. Explain what your role on the team was and how you contributed to the team’s success. Companies want to create teams that can manage themselves and produce strong results.
4. You are constantly seeking to learn.
Employers want to know you’re open to adapting and learning new methods. Talk about your willingness to continue learning more about your industry. Tell them you are constantly reading articles about industry trends and speaking to mentors for advice (and actually do these things, don’t just say so). Be specific when referencing publications you read or blogs you follow.
5. You are motivated.
When you use the word “motivated” to describe yourself, you are expressing a few things to your interviewer. First, you have a desire to help the company do well. Second, you are a productive worker. Both of these things show employers they can count on you to do your job. Explain how your motivation has helped you in the past and how it will help you with specific things related to this new role.
6. You are excited about this job.
An excited candidate is one who won’t take the job for granted. “Excited” says, “I really want the job and will do my best when I get it.” The interviewer will hear your excitement for the role and translate that into a very positive view of you. Employers want optimistic workers. Excitement demonstrates your optimism.
7. You have a plan.
The most important objective in your interview is to demonstrate how you will benefit the company (not how they will benefit you). Don’t forget this important distinction in your interview. Explain to employers how you would do the roles required for the job and why you’d be best at implementing your ideas. You obviously won’t have all of the details worked out, but have some general ideas you think would work well and know why they would work.
8. You want to build a career in the company.
This is sort of a bonus because it may not always be true going into an interview. But, if you know you want to build a career in the company, say so in your interview. Your interviewer wants to know you’re invested in the company and you don’t have plans to move on quickly. If you think you’d like to work for the company for a long time, mention it in your interview.
Whether you are applying for a job as an engineer or an office clerk, these things hardly change. If you remember to touch on these points, you’ll be better off in all of your job interviews.
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Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.