How to ace an interview
Tips to help you prove you’re the ideal candidate.
1. Before the interview
- Take the time to learn as much as possible about BDC (visit our website, read what people are saying about us in the news and social media, ask BDC employees to tell you about their experience, etc.).
- Print the job posting and make a list of all the factors that could play in your favour (educational background, work experience, technical knowledge, leadership, transferable skills, etc.).
Get a head start on answering the following questions:
- Why do you want to work at BDC?
- What do you find interesting about this position?
- Which achievement are you most proud of?
- How do you react to difficult situations and how do you usually solve problems?
- What are your career goals and aspirations over the next five years?
- Which abilities would you like to acquire or improve?
Prepare a few questions to ask the interviewers:
- Have I completely answered all your questions?
- What kind of team structure do you have?
- When do you expect to make your decision?
- How can I follow up during the coming weeks?
2. On the day of the interview
- Dress professionally.
- Bring a copy of your resume and any other relevant documents.
- Arrive a bit early and get into “interview mode” as soon as you enter the building.
- Even if you’re nervous (which is normal), maintain a positive attitude, do not interrupt the person speaking, listen carefully to the questions, express yourself clearly and restate frequently what you’ve been asked (“If I understand correctly, you’re looking for that skill to...”).
- Highlight your skills and clearly explain how they set you apart from the other candidates and how they will help you succeed in this job.
3. After the interview
- Follow up as recommended, without being too insistent.
- Be patient: Sometimes the recruiting process takes more time than expected.
What you should absolutely avoid during the interview
- Chewing gum.
- Forgetting to silence your electronic devices.
- Criticizing your previous employers.
- Ignoring your body language.
- Interrupting the interviewer.
- Giving overly long answers.