Job Interview Tips To Get You The Job
Whether you’re actively searching for a job, are anticipating an interview in the near future, or you’re already preparing for an upcoming interview, then chances are you’ve come for help on how to nail it! It can be hard to know exactly how to ace an interview, especially if it’s your first time or you’ve been out of the game for a while. The key to acing that interview is to be adequately prepared. Here’s how to prepare for a job interview!
Anticipate possible questions. In the days leading up to the interview, try to anticipate the types of questions you may be asked. As a good rule of thumb, interviewers will usually as about your strengths and weaknesses, personality type, and what experience you have with certain tasks. They also may ask some circumstantial questions, such as to name a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or problem-solve on the spot. Be prepared with answers and able to cite specific instances where you faced a challenge. It’s important to not simply recite your answers, as repeating them can come off as too rehearsed and stiff. Just have in mind some key points and let the conversation flow as it would normally.
Do your research: On interviewer, company, and position. If you can, try to find out who will be interviewing you so can prepare appropriately. Usually, you won’t be sitting down with the CEO, but you should know which manager or supervisor could be overseeing the interview. It’s a good idea to look up the person who will be interviewing you to get familiar with their background and establish any possible connections. Having an idea of their education or employment history can be a great help in starting a conversation, and it makes you appear prepared and knowledgeable.
Don’t forget to do research on the company, too. Know when the company started, why it started, what services or products they offer, and how they fit into the industry in the big picture. Know their competitors, any recent news in the company, and any other things you think you might be quizzed on during the interview. Then, research what exactly your position entails and who else you might be working with in the company. For example, do you work with a team of people or a solo role? Will you be reporting to a general manager or will somebody be reporting to you? Know the general hierarchy and obligations ahead of time and have the interviewer clarify anything you’re unsure of.
Night before: Get enough sleep, eat breakfast, drink water. This seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people skip breakfast on that important day due to nerves. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and allow yourself enough time in the morning for any surprises, such as a wrinkled shirt, spilled coffee, or unexpected traffic. Getting enough sleep the night before will also help you to be alert and awake the next morning. There’s nothing worse than yawning in an interview!
Dress to impress and arrive early. One of the biggest things that can make or break a candidate getting the job during an interview is how they’re dressed. We’re always taught to not judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, in interview world, that’s pretty common. The way you dress can say a lot about a person, so make sure you dress appropriate to the job you’re applying for, or even dressed up a bit more. There are plenty of resources online that can help you determine exactly what type of outfit to wear.
Follow up. After the interview, it will be extremely important to follow up. Whether by email, phone call, or handwritten letter left with the front desk receptionist on the way out, it will be important to convey your excitement for the position and hopes to get the job.
These are all great tips to help you succeed and nail the interview. The most important thing is that you’re prepared, arrive looking and feeling your best, and are able to follow up with the interviewer afterwards.