As a job seeker, you know how important it is to prepare for an interview.
You want to make sure that you get the best possible outcome from your meeting with the hiring manager. But what if I told you that there’s an even better way to prepare?
In this blog post, we’ll show you how easy it is to nail your next interview by following our six-step process.
1. Know the company
This is the first step in understanding the company, and it’s also a great way to get familiar with the job description.
You can find this information on their website and social media pages.
Once you’ve read through some of their posts and content, take a look at how they interact with other people on social media.
This will help you determine whether or not this company is a good fit for your personality and skill set.
If you want to ace your next interview, practice is key. In addition to practicing the questions that you will be asked, practice how you will answer them.
The best way to do this is by recording yourself and giving feedback on how you can improve your answers.
- Look in a mirror while practicing your posture and eye contact. Make sure they are both good and that they show confidence in yourself.*
- Practice answering questions out loud with a friend or family member who isn’t afraid of being honest with their opinions.*
3. Dress for success.
First impressions are everything, and when it comes to making a good impression during an interview, you want to give the hiring manager an idea of who you are and what kind of person they’re getting.
That means dressing professionally. But what does that mean? Well, it depends on who your potential employer is and what kind of company culture they have:
- If it’s a casual environment—and the job ad didn’t specify otherwise—then jeans or dress pants (not sweatpants!) will do just fine.
- If your potential employer has a more formal culture, then put on some business clothes. This doesn’t mean suit up every time (unless they’re asking for that kind of look), but make sure there aren’t holes in your shirt or stains on any part of your clothing before going into an interview. Wearing jeans with holes in them is definitely not going to impress anyone!
- If the job ad specifically says “business casual,” then err on the side of caution and stick with dress pants—and maybe even throw in some nicer shoes than normal so as not to come off looking like someone who just rolled out of bed!
4. Be on time.
Showing up late is a major no-no, but so is showing up too early. It’s important to show the hiring manager that you respect their time and yours by arriving at the agreed upon time. If they say 10 am, don’t show up at 9:59 am – leave some buffer room so you can check in with the receptionist and get settled.
If you arrive on time or early, it will give them a sense of ease about your punctuality as an employee. It also helps make things easier for everyone involved if there isn’t any pressure to rush through interviews or other tasks due to lateness or long delays in getting started on time because one candidate arrived late or early from another interview.
5. Be ready to sell yourself.
You’re not being asked to sell yourself because the interviewer wants you to be a salesperson. They’re asking because they want to know how well you can articulate your value and your skills. You want to give them a good answer, but it’s far too easy for all of this to come across as disingenuous if you haven’t prepared thoroughly. You should know who you are and what makes you stand out as an employee, so that when asked about something specific in relation to a position, company or role within that company (especially if it’s outside of what we’ve seen), it doesn’t seem like an offhand remark but rather an informed opinion based on experience and research into the organization itself.
6. Final Tip
While there are many factors that go into landing a job, the interview is where you can make or break your candidacy. In fact, it’s often the only opportunity you’ll have to sell yourself to a potential employer before they decide whether or not you’re right for them.
So what does that mean for you? It means that this might be the most important 20 minutes of your professional life.
You need to prepare accordingly so that when it comes time for your interviewer(s) to ask questions about who you are and what value you bring, they’ll have no choice but to hire you because they know they won’t find anyone better out there!
The most important thing to remember during an interview is that it’s not about you. It’s about the company and what they need in a new hire. You have to figure out how your experience fits into their needs and show them why they should hire you over other candidates.
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