Whether you are a fresher or experienced Salesforce applicant, if you go for an interview without doing preparation then you won’t get successful.
It’s very reasonable to be apprehensive or to doubt yourself. People’s most significant interview fears usually are turning up late, saying the wrong thing, or showing confusion at an important moment.
You should always keep in mind that, in every interview, you are being evaluated, so you want to make a good first impression, and want to ensure they make the right decision.
In this article, we provide a pre-interview checklist that will keep you organized, on time, and ready for your upcoming interview!
The ultimate interview checklist for Salesforce talent
Regardless of the field you’re in, interview prep for any Salesforce role should have a few key items on your to-do list, such as doing your homework on the company, practicing answers to difficult questions, building your confidence, and even planning your interview outfit.
We’ve put together an interview preparation checklist so that you don’t miss out any of the essentials when preparing for the big day.
Do you know anything about the company?
Doing some research on the company is a must before any interview, whether it’s onsite or by phone, video. Start by visiting the company’s website and social media profiles, then do some online research to find news articles and press releases about the business. You may find out about key clients and partnerships, competitors, business mergers and acquisitions, or expansion into new markets.
Your research should give you a better understanding of the company’s values and recent achievements, whereas company newsletters and information on their social channels can give you an insight into the culture and their customer brand. Don’t forget to check out Glassdoor for reviews by previous and current employees to get an idea of what it’s really like to work there.
Thoroughly doing your homework on the company and the industry should help to boost your credibility and confidence ahead of the interview. You’ll be able to demonstrate a good level of knowledge to the employer or recruiter, as well as showing them how interested and invested you are in a career there.
Do you check the role and job requirements?
It’s the checklist point before going for an interview; first, you should check the requirement of profile need for the particular organization based on details mentioned in their job descriptions.
Then make a list of the skills, knowledge, professional, and personal qualities that are required by the employer and are most important for success in the job. By doing this, you would feel somewhere more comfortable while giving the answer on raised questions from the employer.
Be ready to describe the attributes that make you the perfect match for the job. The closer your qualifications match the job requirements, the better chance you’ll have of getting a second-round interview and a job offer.
What kinds of documents do you need to bring?
Put in a couple of copies of your resume. Although the company already has a copy you may need to give another copy to the interviewer or interviewers. Take this opportunity to read through your resume again and note any red flags that will have to be dealt with during the interview. You can check this helpful article about How to create an effective Salesforce chronological resume to support you with your resume writing.
Include copies of the letters of recommendation or written job references you have. Have copies of your job references list ready, the interviewer may ask for this during the job interview. Include work samples if relevant.
Prepare your job interview answers to tough questions about gaps in employment, reason for leaving and salary.
How about practicing the interview questions?
While all interviews are different, there are some common questions that you can count on coming your way. For example, many interviewers will ask whether candidates are team players or why they are interested in the role. However, there are some tough interview questions that might make you nervous and easily get lost during the interview. Check out the Top 10 toughest Salesforce interview questions and answers here to ace your interview!
What’s more, you may also have to answer behavioural questions, in which you will have to give examples of how you’ve dealt with previous obstacles. We provide you with a really in-depth article to introduce The best strategies to answer Salesforce behavioral interview questions.
It’s suggested that you should always try to remember feedback or any question which you previously failed to answer, and if any weakness you have. Then, you should be able to review them again and make sure mistakes would not happen in your next interview.
Do you have any questions?
At the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions regarding the role or company. You might think that saying ‘no’ shows that you’re an easy-going employee, but it doesn’t.
Instead, it tells the interviewer that you have little interest in the job at hand. That’s not the impression you want to give. Prepare some questions about the role, what your day-to-day duties will be and the company. It will show the interviewer that you are engaged and invested in the role.
Don’t forget to read our article and find out what the Top 10 smart questions to ask at the end of an interview are!
Are you dressed properly?
The way you dress for a job interview tells potential employers a lot about you. You may already have your favourite interview outfit. However, before you put it on, you need to consider if it’s appropriate for the role and company you desire.
Pick an outfit that suits the culture, which you can likely discern from your research. It’s also worth having a backup outfit washed and ready too. You’ll feel comfortable, confident, and ready to shine.
Interviewing for a new job can be intimidating. Knowing that you’ve prepared thoroughly will cheer you up and get yourself ready for the interview. Using a job interview checklist is a great way to ensure you have all your bases covered.
Giving yourself the time to prepare for an interview is an essential part of the process, and it should never be overlooked. Follow this checklist and you’ll be on the right path towards success and landing your ideal Salesforce role.