You just received a call back for an interview from the company you sent your resume to! Congratulations! Now, get to work. People who do well in interviews don’t just rely on a new suit and winging it – they’re prepared. Here are a few tips to learn how to be one of them!
1) Do your homework
Before your interview, it’s important to learn about the company, the position and the person you’ll be interviewing as much as possible. No company wants to hire someone who doesn’t know anything about them! If you don’t know anything about the company, why would they think you’re interested anyway? Do your homework about the company and you’ll be taken seriously in the interview.
2) Look the part
No matter the dress code of the company, you should look your best on interview day. Dress professionally – don’t try anything new or crazy with your hair, makeup or nails – and stick to a fairly conservative outfit. No need to try to be too fashionable in your interview – the attention should be on you and your credentials, not your Lady Gaga-esque pink pumps.
3) Answer tough questions
Practice answers to questions you know they’ll ask but are the toughest to answer, like, “Why should we hire you? Why did you leave your last job? What are your strengths/weaknesses?” And the toughest one that should be the easiest – “Tell me about yourself.” Practice or think about your answers so you’ll sound confident and won’t have to worry about going with the first answer that pops in your mind.
4) Listen more
Even though you are the one being questioned, it’s important to listen carefully to the interviewer and let them talk, as well. You can learn more about what the employer wants in someone filling the position. Listening well can provide you with great information to help you decide how to answer your next question, decide what to ask at the end of the interview and avoid asking something the employer already brought up in the interview.
5) Give thanks
Being polite and professional during the interview is a must – but it’s important to leave the same impression once you’re done. Always look the interviewer in the eye, shake their hand and tell them thank you when the interview is finished. Following up with a thank you email or note card is not only appreciated and professional, but it also keeps you at the top of their mind.
This simple interview advice can make a big difference. Follow these five tips before your next big interview and you can be prepared to hit it out of the ball park!