You know what not to say. You know how to stand out from the crowd. You’ve found the job you want. Now how can you make sure you put your best foot forward during the interview? Here are our best tips.
Practice Makes Perfect
This first tip is something you can do even before you’ve lined up an interview. Job interviews can be nerve-racking. To increase your chances of success, it’s important to practice ahead of time. This tactic works for all kinds of interviews, from phone calls to group interviews to in-person meetings.
What should you practice? Start by putting together a list of your strengths, weaknesses, relevant experience, and anything else you expect to be asked about. Then look up a few lists of common interview questions. Spend some time talking through how you might answer each one. When you feel prepared, ask a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview with you. You can even record the interview so that you can go back and critique yourself for things to improve.
Preparation Is Key
In addition to working on your own potential answers, it’s important to do your homework about the company you’re applying to. You should learn as much as you can about them prior to your interview so that you’re well-versed when the time comes. Peruse the company’s website, check them out on LinkedIn, and poke around their social media accounts. Search for news related to them or their industry online. See if you know anyone who could provide you with additional insight. The more you know, the better you’ll look.
Be a Professional
Your interview success rarely just depends on how well you answer your interviewer’s questions. Other factors come into play. The more attuned you are to them, the more likely you’ll come off as professional and, therefore, an appealing candidate.
Here are a few things you can do to make a professional impression. Find out what kind of attire is expected and make sure your chosen outfit is appropriate and neat. Arrive a little early. Be polite and well spoken throughout the process. Listen carefully to what the interviewer says or asks so that you address the right topic in your answer. When the interview is over, send a formal thank-you note to your interviewer. Doing so will set you more firmly in his or her mind. You can even gently reiterate your interest in the job, qualifications, potential contributions, and so on.
Keep these three points in mind as you begin your interview process and you’re more likely to find success. We at Fledgeling wish you luck!