How to Perform Better at Your Next Interview

Here are a few tips to teach you how to perform better at your next interview:

1. Show up early.

The worst thing a person can do at an interview is show up late. It’s advisable that you arrive about 10 minutes early. Also, if you leave home early, you have a better chance of thwarting unforeseen incidents, while still making it to the interview on time. If you show up early, you’re demonstrating your time management skills and punctuality. Furthermore, those extra few minutes will give you time to relax and not feel rushed or stressed.

2. Dress the part.

It’s crucial that you are dressed for the position you’re applying for. If applying for a senior management position, your attire must convey leadership, innovation, drive, and motivation. If you’re applying for an entry level position, you want to look professional, but not be seen as overpowering or overdressed. Even though some companies may have a more relaxed policy when it comes to work attire, you must look professional at your interview.

3. Research the company and position.

As with any other job that you apply and interview for, it is of utmost importance that you do your research. Find out as much as you possibly can about the company and position for which you are applying. Check the company’s website to discover their goals, needs, philosophy, and corporate direction. Re-read the job advertisement and understand what is expected and required of you as a potential candidate; thus giving you good insight as to what you may be asked during the interview, and how you should respond.

4. Go over possible questions and answers ahead of time.

Preparation for your interview is key. The night before, compile and go over a list of questions you think you may be asked. If you’re unsure of what the interviewer may ask you, go online and do a little research—there are many websites that provide a list of possible questions. Plan your answers ahead of time, and allow opportunity to refine them before or during the interview. It is possible that you may not be asked any or all of the questions that you reviewed prior; however, it’s better to prepared and get the creative juices flowing.

5. Identify with the company’s needs.

This is where your prior research will really come in handy. After researching the company’s website and philosophy, you should have a solid understanding of what their goals and needs are. It’s up to you to demonstrate how you can help them achieve these things. By proving to the interviewer that you are able to help them promote the company and its brand, you will prove yourself to be the ideal candidate.

6. Ask questions.

When the employer or interviewer asks if you have any questions, ask at least three! By doing so, you’ll show enthusiasm and interest. Asking a question doesn’t mean that you haven’t done your research. It conveys that you’d like to know more about the position and/or company and are looking to better prepare yourself for when you land the job. If you have a (short) list of questions before the interview, bring them with you. Also, bring a pen and paper to write down answers to your questions.

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