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Aptitude Testing When Interviewing for a Job: What You Need to Know

February 17th, 2017

First impressions are long-lasting; this is especially true when it comes to interviewing for a job. After all, this may be the one and only chance you get to prove you are the right candidate for the position! Although most job interviews are not formal tests, it is important to prepare by reviewing certain materials and anticipating specific questions. As you prepare for your next job interview, make sure you are aware of the following:

  • Who will be part of the interview? Depending on the company and preference, you could be interviewing with the hiring manager, direct supervisor, HR manager or all the above. You may even be meeting with members of the current team to gauge your potential fit. Confirm this information ahead of time to help you adequately prepare!
  • What are some current trends in the industry? Understanding the scope of the potential employer’s industry is huge. Not only will this help you gain knowledge on any potential challenges and successes you’ll be walking into, this is a great way to show the employer you are serious about the job.
  • What is happening internally with the company? Take time before the interview to research the company where you are interviewing. This includes conducting a general internet search as well as browsing the company’s LinkedIn page and any news articles or blog posts. Remember, interviews go both ways and you are vetting the company as much as they are vetting you!
  • Why are you the best candidate for the position? No matter what, it is important to convey confidence, calmness and capability throughout the duration of the interview. Explain how your unique skill set and experiences have thoroughly prepared you for the job while emphasizing the qualities the employer is seeking to find for the position.

Although interviews can make or break your chances of receiving a job offer, taking the time to prepare ahead of time can decrease your pre-interview stress levels and help you gain an edge over the competition. 1st Staffing Group has been helping top job seekers successfully land job interviews and accept great job opportunities in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for more than 20 years. If you are looking for additional interview preparation resources or want to learn more about great job opportunities throughout Oklahoma, contact Ardmore’s best hiring resource at 1st Staffing Group today!

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