Below are a few tips for performing better at your next job interview to increase the odds of securing a job offer.
1. Show up Early
The worst thing a person while attending an interview is showing up late. Arrive about 10 minutes early. 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 with time to spare, 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 before entering the interview room.
2. Dress the Part
Dress 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 work attire policy, you must look professional at your job interview.
3. Research the Company and Position
As with any job you apply and interview for, it is essential to 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, mission statement, needs, company culture, philosophy, and corporate direction. Re-read the job advertisement and understand what is expected and required of you as a potential candidate. This will give you excellent insight into what you may be asked during the interview and insight on how to respond.
4. Practice Answers to Possible Questions
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 what the interviewer may ask, go online and do some research. Some company websites may help you to come up with a list of possible questions they will ask. Plan your answers ahead of time, and allow the opportunity to refine them before or during the interview. It is possible you may not be asked any or all of the questions that you reviewed; however, it’s better to prepare and get the creative juices flowing.
5. Identify the Company’s Needs
This is where the research you did will be valuable. After researching the company’s website and philosophy, you should have a solid understanding of their goals and needs. It’s up to you to demonstrate how you can help them achieve these things. By proving to the interviewer(s) you can add value to the company and convey its brand properly, you will convince the decision-maker you are ideal.
6. Ask Intelligent 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. Have a few questions prepared, bring them with you. Bring a pen and paper to write down answers to your questions and take any other notes of value.
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