Finding a job is a journey, full of obstacles and mental taxations. Between researching opportunities, fine tuning your resume and writing the perfect cover letter, job searching can fell like a full-time job in itself.
But eventually, all your hard work will pay off, your resume will get noticed and a face-to-face interview will be scheduled.
In order to shine during the interview, careful preparation beforehand is essential. Here are some tips to help you nail the interview and land the job!
Do Your Research
You should thoroughly research the company you are interviewing with, as you want to make sure you understand the business and anticipate the kinds of questions the interviewer may ask. Do a Google search of the company or review the company’s website, including their “About Us” or “Product” pages. If the company has a blog or press articles, be sure to read a few posts. Check their LinkedIn and social media post as well.
You should walk into the interview confident that you have a collective amount of knowledge on the company and your future position.
Ask the Right Questions
The questions you ask are just as important as the answers you give to the interviewer. Here are some examples of questions to ask that will make you come across as intelligent and prepared:
- What qualities are you looking for in an ideal candidate?
- Can you describe the team I’d be working with?
- What would my typical work day be like?’
- How does this job fit into the overall mission of the company?
- How would you define success in this position?
- What would like to see accomplished in the first (month, 6 months, year)?
These question will highlight your enthusiasm, curiosity and leadership skills while showing your potential employer that you are qualified for the position.
You want to dress appropriately and professionally for the job interview. It usually won’t hurt to dress more formally for your interview than you would on the job. Show up neat, groomed and on time!
Download directions in advance and leave time for delays like traffic. It is best to show up early, about 5 to 10 minutes before you interview starts. Not only will this show your potential employer that you can arrive on time, but it will also give you time to take a deep breath and relax before the interview starts. You don’t want to appear flustered or out of breath for your first impression.
Give Your Self a Pep Talk
Remember to build yourself up before heading into the interview. Know your self-worth by believing that you are walking into the company to bring value to it with your skill set.
Recite affirmations to yourself on the drive to the interview like “This company could really use someone like me. They would be very lucky to have me.” As much as you want to impress the interviewer, remember that you need to be impressed too. You are not just another people looking for a job…you are you! And there is no one else like you.