I once heard someone say, “If you’ve been to one interview you’ve been to them all”. This is anything but true. Job tasks, requirements and roles vary and so do the companies, questions they ask and people that represent them.
Here are our top 7 tips for preparing for a job interview.
Do your homework on the company you are interviewing for before you go into the interview. We’ve heard so many horrific stories about interviewees going in to meet with a representative from the company they’ve applied to and drawing a blank, because they knew absolutely nothing when asked what they knew about the company.
Tip #1 – Visit the company’s website! Nine times out of ten, information about a company can be found online via a quick Google search. Whether it’s a website, a business Facebook page or other landing page you will want to familiarize yourself with everything there is to know about that company, including the values, history, and work culture (to see if it’s even a place you could see yourself working at).
Nowadays, the job market is grueling, unforgiving and over saturated. Searching and applying for a job that you’d be interested in (and that you qualify for) can be a daunting task. So, if you’re lucky enough to land an interview with a decent company… do some due diligence and do a little research on it before you go in!
Dress for Success!
Tip #2 – Dress accordingly and dress the part for which you’re applying to and even aspiring to. Simply put, if you’re applying to a management role, dress like an upper level manager, you know, suit and tie, pant or dress suit kind of thing. You want to give the impression that you take yourself serious and that you want others to as well. It doesn’t matter that you may have seen pictures on the company’s website that reflects, a laid-back, no-shoes-needed kind of atmosphere (unless directed otherwise) – DON’T go in wearing a t-shirt and jeans. I repeat… just don’t.
Tip #3 – Tailor your resume to the job in which you’re applying to and make sure you bring extra copies of it to the interview with you. Nice, thick printing paper is always a good choice as you want your resume to stand out from others. Make sure it’s organized and that your education and past experience is neatly listed, and be ready to answer questions about your level of experience and how it pertains to the role in which you’re applying to.
Tip #4 – Have questions already prepared or jotted down to ask the interviewer. Typically, an interviewer may choose to conclude the interview by asking if you had any questions for them. If you just say no, they may assume you understand everything completely and that they did an excellent job at describing the position to you etc. So, if you want to stand out, consider asking a short set of questions pertaining to the job or the interview, showing him/her that you’re highly interested in the next steps and the position.
If you feel really comfortable, consider asking questions about things like long-term benefits and opportunities for furthering yourself via company offered training, events or seminars. Show the potential employer, you’re in it for the long haul.
Tip #5 – Arrive on time to your scheduled appointment or even a tad earlier, but never later! You always want to show potential employers, that you are punctual, reliable and responsible and that you mean business when it comes to your work ethic.
Tip #6 – Have good posture! Why would a potential employer want to consider someone hunched over, or someone kicking back and relaxing in their seat? You guessed it…they wouldn’t. Nice, upright posture, shows enthusiasm for the meeting and for the job. So, sit up, sit straight and smile (just nothing too robotic, that might just scare them).
Just be yourself…but in a well mannered, poised position.
Tip #7 – Write and send a thank you letter or email shortly after your interview . This simple gesture can help to keep you on their mind when the time comes for them to consider all applicants. Be personable! Perhaps, a positive moment stood out to you during your interview, or maybe something you said make them smile or laugh. Think back to that moment and mention that in your email or letter.
Stay on their mind and on their hiring radar!
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