Interviews can be stressful for anyone seeking a job. A thorough preparation beforehand can help you make your best first impression upon the company representative across the table from you asking questions. But there are several strategic tips you should know before you shake hands and sit down. The following suggestions have been tested by many and are proven to give you the edge you need!
Do Your Homework!
Do as much research as you can or have time for about the organization you are wanting to be hired by. This includes their mission, years in business, key points on their products or services, perhaps even researching competitors. Knowing competitor information can help you find positive aspects of the company you’re interviewing with compared to others. Having this positive information on hand during your interview can help you display your knowledge of the industry.
Dress to Impress
No matter how relaxed your hoped-for employer may appear, how you look does matter. Their HR department is looking for how serious you are about being hired, and what hiring you will look like 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. It also commands respect: yours for yourself and for the company you are inquiring at. You’ll also just feel better knowing no matter what, your appearance is at its best!
Rehearse Questions and Answers
Write down what you anticipate the interview questions might be, and have some strong, succinct answers on the ready. You don’t want your responses to be full of “uhs” and “ums” showing indecision or lack of knowledge. You also don’t want to drone on and on. Speak clearly and effectively with short answers when possible; let the interviewer talk more. Meet her or his eyes without staring to show you are truly listening and interested in what they want to say about the position and the company. Smile and react appropriately, showing zest and energy. Show them how likeable and alert you will be as a member of their team. You want to show them you like others and get along with people in a natural, consistent way.
You are the person they have chosen to interview, and potentially welcome into their fold. Appearing too agreeable, laughing too loud, pasting on a smile that you just don’t feel can be too transparent and come off as insincere. If your interviewer senses you’re trying too hard, they may come away from your time together wondering why you feel the need to be overwhelming. Overreacting can be a sign of nervousness or low self-esteem. Your future employer wants to see the “real you” as calm and self-assured. Too much intensity might be a red flag for them of future moodiness or emotional imbalance.
You as Interviewer
Along with their questions and considerations about how you will fit in with their employees already in place, you have every right to ask them questions about the company, the environment, and the benefits. What might a day look like for you in the position you are applying for? Is there room for advancement? What was the reason for the prior position’s employee leaving the job? You will be investing your time and hard work in the company, and should take time to find out if the job is the best fit for you.
If you’re interested in more tips about securing the perfect job, contact the Sedona Group Austin, located in Austin, TX.