Preparing for an important job interview? Here are some tips that might help.
Job interviews can be exciting, but also a bit stressful. Going to job interviews never gets easier, even if you have had many before. You still have to meet new people, sell yourself, your skills and make a good impression.
Nerves and lack of proper preparation can often come between you and your dream job. Fortunately, we have some tips on how to ace your next interview. Take a look, below.
Formal business attire should be mandatory for your first interview. Many companies are more casual these days, but it’s better to be overdressed than inappropriate. A suit or a little black dress never goes out of style.
Get there on time
Showing up late is disrespectful and makes you seem unreliable. Leave early enough so you arrive at the meeting at least 10 minutes before you are scheduled. Aside from making a good first impression, you also have a few extra minutes to prepare before going in.
Turn off your cell phone
Don’t have your phone ring in the middle of the meeting. Turn it off in order to avoid the awkwardness.
Research the company
Find out as many things about the company as you can. Many interviewers ask potential candidates what they know about the company and why they want to work there. By showing you did your research, you will be perceived as interested.
Prepare answers carefully
Many interviewers will ask you if you are willing to take some pre-employment tests to find out if you’re suitable to join their team. Others might be interested in what your financial expectations are, if you are willing to work overtime and travel for business purposes. You should be prepared to answer these kinds of questions.
If you don’t believe in yourself, there’s little chance the interviewer will. Have confidence in your skills and expertise and don’t understate your experience.
Always send an e-mail after your interview, thanking the employer for his/her time and reiterating your interest in the position. It’s best to do this within 24 hours of your interview.
If you follow these general guidelines, your chances of getting the job you’re after can only increase. Keep in mind that a positive attitude and proper preparation will go far, so learn to invest time in presenting the best possible version of yourself to your future employer. It will benefit you in the long run.