June 27, 2017

6 Tips for a Successful Interview

1. Do your research

1. Do your research

Never walk into a job interview without knowing some information about the company you are applying to. Do some prior research to prepare for questions like “Why do you want to work here?” The company’s website and LinkedIn are your best resources to get a little insight about your potential employer. 

2. Dress for the job you want

2. Dress for the job you want

Ever heard of the saying “look good, feel good, do good?” Well, it is definitely applicable when interviewing. Give yourself some extra time to get ready before your interview so you don’t show up frazzled. You never know if your suit will have some last minute wrinkles or if your hair won’t cooperate. It is important to wear something that looks polished and professional.  

3. Be one step ahead

3. Be one step ahead

Being interviewed can put you in a vulnerable and uncomfortable position. Stay one step ahead by researching common interview questions online. Write down or practice different responses that you may give to each question. One especially difficult question to be prepared for is “What are your salary expectations?” Don’t be afraid to be honest because after all, you work to get paid! Also, prepare some questions that you will ask. Don’t be caught off guard when your interviewer inevitably asks “Do you have any questions for me?” Take it one step further and ask a trusted friend or colleague to do a mock interview with you.

4. Know your résumé

4. Know your résumé

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about yourself and your past experiences. Use your résumé as your guide! Before interviewing, look over each item on your résumé and think about what you got out of each experience. However, sometimes employers want to hear about more than your résumé. Prepare concrete examples of how you’ve set goals and accomplished them working in a team setting or independently. This way, you’ll never have to give your interviewer a blank stare. 

5. Get Psyched

5. Get Psyched

Interviewing can be nerve-wracking. Get in the right mind-set for your interview with "power poses," meditation or listening to upbeat music to make sure you put forth the right energy. 

6. Make them remember you

6. Make them remember you

In a pool of candidates, you need to stand out. Since many of the people applying for a job may have similar skill sets and educations, show your interviewer your personable side. Make sure to exit the interview with a confident handshake and a smile. Sending a thank you note goes a long way. Employers don’t exactly love interviews either, so showing your appreciation for their time may bump you to the top of their list. 

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