It’s funny how an idea comes together. I’ve been working on an interview skills workbook for my Get That Job challengers, and then last week, when I attended a career coaching course, I came across the Wheel of Career Success and the Wheel of Confidence, and it struck me that a Wheel of Interview Preparedness might be useful. Just to make sure, I wasn’t re-inventing the wheel (sorry, couldn’t resist!) I Googled this, to make sure no-one else had come up with this, and to my knowledge, no-one has. So what is it?
Well, each section covers one part of a pre-interview checklist that you can use to prepare for a job interview. Grade yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on how ready you are for each section, and then mark it on the circle in the relevant section. Then working from the inside out, colour in a section of the wheel that represents that grade. You now have a pictorial image of how prepared you feel for an interview.
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The sections are made up of the following:
- Personal grooming. Have you had a shower, washed your hair, had a manicure etc. Is your grooming reflective of the organisation that you are being interviewed for?
- Outfit. Have you chosen an outfit appropriate for the job? Is it clean and pressed? Are your shoes polished?
- Job post. Have you reviewed the job post? My workbook includes a worksheet to help you analyse the job post and see where you meet the criteria.
- The company. Have you researched the company? Again, my workbook includes a printable worksheet that use can use.
- When and where? Do you know where and when the interview is being held? Do you need to bring anything?
- Your handshake. It may seem ridiculous, but many candidates are hired because they make a good impression at the start of the interview, and one of the factors that influences interviewers either consciously or unconsciously, is your handshake. For more information, check out this page.
- Questions you’ll be asked. Are you prepared to answer general questions about yourself, your career and how you will fit into the role? Have you practiced your answers?
- Questions you can ask. People forget that an interview is a two-way street, in that you should be interviewing the organisation as much as they are interviewing you. Always have a few questions that you can ask, either to know more about the company, your job or whether you’d actually want to work there.
My workbook will always be a free download. You can access it by visiting this page on my website.
Take care for now