Each and every person, at least once in their lifetime appear for an interview. Before jumping ship to a new company, you inevitably need to test the waters during the job interview.
The purpose of an interview is twofold;
- It shows the employer what you can do for the company
- It gives you an opportunity to assess whether your qualifications and career ambitions align with the position.
The most important step to landing a job is being prepared for your interviews. By doing some preparation you’ll feel more in control, and will appear cool, calm and collected as a result to your prospective employers – qualities always looked for in the perfect candidate.
These are the interview success tips that will have a huge impact on your results. Let’s jump into the list and get started.
- Do your research: Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and the latest product launches. Also, take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence. Having some prior research about the company you are going to interview for gives you an upper hand in your stake to do well. So always do your homework and see the results!
- Arrive before time: There is no excuse ever for arriving late to an interview. Short of a disaster, strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. Arriving a bit early is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace.
The day before the interview, pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those along too. Finally, remember to pack several pens and a pad of paper to jot notes.
- Dress Appropriately: Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.
Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative.
- Be Confident: Confidence is the key to success! Try and not get intimidated or even if you do, be smart enough not to show it on your face.
Practice keeping good eye contact while listening, and equally important- while speaking! You want to stand and sit in open positions – arms by your sides, not crossed. Make your body take up a lot of space, rather than making yourself smaller. This is how to seem confident.Be still, and make controlled, calculated movements.
Confident people smile. Don’t blurt out answers and don’t rush yourself. Confidence gets you hired, so choose your actions wisely!
- Create an Impressive Resume: Interviewers frequently start a job interview by asking you to provide an overview of your employment experience. This will often take the form of a request such as “Can you walk me through your resume?”
Take advantage of this opportunity to create a favorable impression early on in the interview by leading the interviewer through your resume in a more selective manner. Start by highlighting the most compelling elements of your experience first.
Rather than a bland rendition of your position titles and responsibilities, cite key accomplishments and reference the skills that enabled you to achieve those successes.
Write a good resume in order to create a good impression on the interviewer.