You have just landed an interview for a security guard position! Now what? Successful interviewing will be essential in order for you to lock in an offer. That’s why it is so important to study up on common interview questions. I recommend reading Robert Lawrence’s Killer Job Interview Secrets online handbook before your interview. You’ll learn how to beat out the potentially better qualified competition.
Here are some tips and strategies for effective interviewing from preparation through follow up.
Research the Security Guard Company
Research should always be your first step. Gathering background information on employers is a crucial element in successful interview preparation. You will need to be prepared to answer the questions, “What do your know about our company”? and “Why do you want to work here?” Knowing as much as possible about the security guard company’s past performance and future plans can make your interview more engaging and could be the advantage you need in a competitive job market. Before the interview, review killer job interview secrets and don’t be afraid to contact your prospective employer to request details on the position you are interviewing for or to ask for company literature.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect or at least leads to improvement. Practice with a friend and record or videotape your responses so you can replay the interview and see how well you did. Prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions; doing so will help you analyze your background and qualifications for the position.
Behavior based interviewing is becoming more common. It is based on the premise that a candidate’s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. Rather than the typical interview questions on your background and experience, you will you need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.
The best way to prepare is to think of examples where you have successfully used the skills you’ve acquired. Take the time to compile a list of responses to both types of questions and to itemize your skills, values, and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Robert Lawrence, the author of killer job interview secrets, suggests that you emphasize what you can do to benefit the company rather than just what you are interested in.
Prepare for the Interview
It is important to be on time for the interview. On time means ten to fifteen minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask before the date of your interview. Remember to bring an extra copy of your resume and a list of references.