Interviewing for a job is a skill that most people haven’t quite mastered. With the market becoming more competitive each day, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared when you talk to your potential new boss (or the scores of HR people you have to get through before you talk to the boss). Below you’ll find some surefire tips to get you through the experience, and hopefully help you land the job.
Research the Company: The more you know, the better off you’ll be. Learn as much as you can about the size, the history, and the culture of the company you’re interviewing to work with, and you’ll be in a better place to answer questions and, of course, negotiate salary. Hiring managers like to know that you’re doing your research – it shows that you’re really invested in getting the job.
Know the Position You’re Applying For: Show the interviewer that you’ve done your homework and that you understand what the job entails. This will make answering questions easier and show that you took the time to focus on the details. Employers like detail-oriented employees.
Update Your Social Profiles: If you’re on LinkedIn or you’ve got a public Facebook profile, make sure that they’re updated with all the information you’d want a potential employer to see. Make no mistake, HR managers are researching you prior to any conversations you have with them, and they’ll bring up anything they feel is relevant to you taking the job. Make sure the information they see is positive whenever possible.
Dress for the Occasion: Like they always say, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Don’t wear that suit you’ve had since the 80s wear something contemporary, and look like you’ve put thought into how you want to be seen. This, coupled with the appropriate amount of confidence and knowledge of the job, will go a long way toward getting you the position you want.
Ask questions: Show the interviewer that you’re interested in the position and the company by coming prepared with questions. Ask about the company culture, history, and the job itself. If you think about it, you probably have quite a few questions about the job you’re potentially going to be taking. Be sure to take a little time to think about them prior to your interview.
Be confident: Confidence can be a good thing when tempered appropriately. Show your expertise without coming across as arrogant and you’ll be seen as a knowledgeable, approachable candidate who might just be perfect for the job. Highlight your strengths, but don’t shy away from addressing your weaknesses and you’ll more than likely receive a positive response.
Follow Up: Show the company that you interviewed with that you’re interested after the fact by following up with a thank you note, and an offer to answer any additional questions. If your interview didn’t go so well, you can always reach out to thank the interviewer for their time and ask for a second interview to address any potential issues, should you feel like you’d like to go that route. Following up is just a classy move, and it doesn’t hurt to look classy in this instance.
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