For many people, an official interview can be the ‘make or break’ moment for landing a job
After you’ve spent so much time searching for the job and creating a detailed resume, the official interview can seem daunting. Although interviews are likely different for each job, the information that employers want from you is theoretically the same; making it easier for you to prepare for them! From choosing the right outfit, to recognizing your personal skills, these tips will be sure to help you make an everlasting impression with any company!
1. Know what your skills are and be confident in them:
Before you begin to worry about what questions you’re going to be asked, make sure you understand your personal attributes – both positive and negative. What you can bring to the table is what people want to know after an interview. A variety of questions such as, “What are your three strengths?”, “Why do you believe we should hire you over the next person?”, or “Name one time you overcame adversity” are all different questions you might hear. Expect to give examples!
2. Research the company and your interviewers before the meeting:
Before your interview, it is essential to do your research. It may seem obvious, but it’s a good idea to understand the company’s values and mission statement ahead of time. Utilize social media and the internet to stay up to date with the company’s latest progress and standing to be able to answer likely questions such as, “How do you think your own values align with our company’s?”. This allows you to express personal interest in the actual company rather than the salary.
3. Expect the Unexpected:
Think back to a previous interview you may have had. Was there a question that really stuck out and had you scratching your head? In just about any interview, there is always that one question that will come unexpectedly. Interviewers want an honest employee, and many people simply practice reflecting on their strengths rather than their shortcomings in order to seem like the perfect candidate. A popular question like “Name one of your weaknesses” can leave you stumped; not wanting to say anything that would hinder your reputation. However, showing vulnerability doesn’t make you weak, it makes you human – and this is guaranteed to leave a good impression with anyone!
4. Finish Strong:
Arguably the most memorable moments of an interview are the first and last impressions. After you’ve been asked all of their questions, the interviewer(s) will likely ask if you have any questions of your own. This is the perfect and most crucial opportunity to show the company your interest. Ask genuine questions about things that you would like to know more about, such as insurance plans, 401k’s, and possibly even why you should want to work there over the next company (bold, but remember confidence is key).
5. Follow up:
Finally, to really show how much you’re willing to do for the job, follow up with the company after the interview. Whether it be via email, phone call, or letter, showing your appreciation for the company’s time and opportunity is a great way to get solidify the impression you desired to make. Show them you’re making a real effort to stand out and they are likely to remember that.
These are just a few of the things you can practice to help you land that dream job. Take advantage of your time before the interview to prepare for the questions you’re likely to be asked. Being confident in yourself will not only impress others, but it will allow you to remain calm and think clearly. Remember that the people sitting across from you are human, and have likely been in your exact position at one point or another.
An interview is just a scary word for “Tell me about yourself!”. By practicing all of our tips above, you’re nearly guaranteed to portray yourself as the perfect candidate.