Although the unemployment rate is steadily decreasing, in the current economy, there are only a precious few open jobs. And, when you are searching for a job, it can be hard work – exhausting, frustrating, tiresome, and, occasionally invigorating – when you finally land that job interview! Now, that you landed that interview for the job of your dreams, the hard work continues. You need to bring your ‘A’ game to ace the interview, establish yourself in the company, and lock in the job offer. Here are some tips that will show the interviewer you’re confident and right for the job.
Do your homework. Research the company and their industry. The more knowledgeable you are about the company, the more prepared and confident you will seem. The interviewer will be impressed, and you’ll show that you are truly interested in the position and the business.
Dress to impress. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Assume that business professional is the standard, and always air on the side of conservative. Ladies, don’t overdue the perfume, make-up, or jewelry. Natural is best because you don’t want to distract the interviewer from the strengths you bring to the job.
Make a good first impression. Shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, smile, and introduce yourself. A bad first impression takes work to overcome, so why not start out with a good one. It’s important to be friendly and conversational from the beginning. Your goal here is to make them like you and show them why you are a great fit for this position.
Show don’t tell. Stand out from the crowd by using stories or actual examples to illustrate your previous successes. Emphasize your strengths. It’s important to tie previous work experience to the position you are interviewing for. You’ve gained certain skills that translate. Make sure you articulate them.
Be honest. Don’t try to fudge your way for anything. The company will find out you aren’t being honest sooner or later. It’s better for both parties if you’re upfront about your career goals, your qualifications, and what you are looking for.
Know your answers to tough questions. What’s your weakness? Tell me a little about yourself. Why should we hire you? These common questions are difficult to answer, so be prepared beforehand. Take your weakness and show them how you’ve been working to improve yourself. When asked a general question like describe yourself, don’t over share. This is a great time to show off your strengths and interests.
Avoid bad body language. Fidgeting, playing with your hair, tapping your foot, etc. can all be very distracting for the interviewer. If you tend have a nervous habit, work on staying relaxed and calm. Pull your hair back, fold your hands in your lap, and hope that you aren’t in a swivel chair.
Ask questions. What do you want to know about the position and the company? Interviews aren’t just for seeing if you’re a good fit for the job, but it’s a great time to figure out if this job is what you want. Have some questions prepared, and pay attention and come up with some during the interview. This will also show the interviewer you are interested in the company and are proactive.
Put a smile on. This is an easy one, Smile! The interviewer will be more inclined to like you, and you’ll seem more enthusiastic. Being personable is an asset for any job. They will be more inclined to hire someone who is happy and easy to get along with.
Follow up. Send a thank you email or card to follow up. It will help them to remember who you are, and they’ll appreciate your incentive.
The more you prepare for an interview, the more relaxed and confident you will be. You will have an easier time impressing your interviewer and you will land the job of your dreams! To supplement these tips or for more detailed information about improving you’re your interview skills, please contact a Lexacount Search Consultant at www.lexacount.com, [email protected], or 215-740-0104.