The economy may be rebounding from the dismal state it was in just a few years ago, but landing that dream job (or any job, for that matter) can still be quite a challenge. Even getting an interview can seem impossible at times, so, when you do get your next interview, make sure it’s the last one you have to do for awhile by nailing it with these tried and true tips.
By following a few simple steps, job hunters can help make sure an offer is in their future.
Research the Company
Before any interview, you should spend some time researching the company where you are seeking employment. Go into your interview familiar with such things as what the company does, what they’ve done in the past and where they’re headed for the future. You will want to be able to speak knowledgeably about the company as well as show your interviewer you have an active interest in the business and the industry it is in.
Practice Your Answers
Though you can’t predict with complete certainty what questions you’ll be asked, you can practice your responses to commonly asked questions like “what’s your greatest weakness” or “why did you leave your last job.” These can be tough questions which can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared to answer them on the spot. When practicing your answers, try to keep your responses precise but also try to avoid sounding like you’ve memorized your answers.
Don’t Talk Ill of Prior Employers
When interviewing for a new job, it’s best to leave your old baggage at the door. You don’t want to speak ill of prior bosses or companies, as this shows your interviewer how you may speak of them one day. Instead of putting down prior employers, speak of how you grew from your last job and overcame previous challenges.
Make Eye Contact and Exude Confidence
Confidence is a must at any interview. You want your potential employer to believe that they can trust you to get the job done. You can show confidence by making eye contact, speaking clearly, and being able to answer questions without hesitation. In her 2012 TED Talk, social psychologist Amy Cuddy recommends “power posing” for two minutes before a job interview to increase confidence. As silly as it may sound to strike a fierce pose before your interview, it might just give you the emotional boost you need to feel powerful and confident.
Dress the Part
Though we like to teach our children “it’s what’s on the inside that counts,” this doesn’t really hold true during a job interview. The honest truth is your interviewer will likely make an immediate judgment of you based on your appearance. You need to look professional and well-groomed. The care you take in your appearance can translate to the care you take in other aspects of your life, including your job.
Always Ask Questions
Every job interview ends with “do you have any questions?” You better have some questions ready! If you don’t have any questions, it can give the impression you’re not interested in the position or company. You will want to have questions prepared which show you’re engaged and ready to work.
Have you had success with these or other job interview tips? What do you do to prepare for a big job interview?
– By Samantha B. Rivers, Editor