One of the most important aspects to a successful interview is being ready. If you prepare for the interview beforehand, you will be more confident and relaxed. This means you will be able to perform better during the course of the interview and make fewer mistakes, thus greatly increasing your chances of getting a brand new job!
- The first thing you should do is to find information concerning the interviewing company. Check out their web site to get the most accurate information you can and to get an idea of the company’s objectives. This will allow you to avoid asking redundant questions of the interviewer.
- Think of questions you may be asked and prepare answers to them. If you have an idea of what to expect, you won’t be caught off guard and stuck with an awkward silence as you try to think of the right answer.
- Get examples of your work and references ready in advance. Be certain that each of your references has approved being used in this way.
Now that you are prepared, it is time for your interview. First and foremost, remember that presentation is very important! Be sure to dress on the business casual side. Dressing conservatively is advised, which most often means a suit for men and a suit or professional-looking attire for women. Be sure to minimize the amount of makeup, jewelry and overpowering fragrances as well. Do not chew gum, smoke, swear or use slang and always be aware of your body language. Avoid slouching and crossing your arms. Attempt to keep eye contact with the interviewer rather than with the floor.
Arrive early to the interview with a notepad and pen. Be polite to everyone you encounter in the office; they may very well become your co-workers soon. Make sure you know how to pronounce you interviewer’s name correctly and do not rush through the interview. Take the necessary amount of time to formulate your answers and ask for clarification if you don’t understand the question. Remember to ask any questions you may have concerning the employment, but do not needlessly prolong the interview.
Your attitude throughout the interview is key. Presenting yourself to an employer on paper is obviously important, but resumes by themselves rarely land jobs; interviews do. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake and respond to all the questions in a positive, optimistic, and enthusiastic manner. And remember, never badmouth former employers. Show that you are flexible as well as capable and you are on your way to securing the position. Be yourself, know your strengths, be confident and be honest with the interviewer.