Landing a job interview is exciting – and at the same time, stressful. You can – and should – pat yourself on the back and celebrate making the first cut in a company’s hiring process. It’s a big, important step.
Then, turn that stress into a positive thing. Follow a few tried-and-true tips so you’re ready to hit the ground running on interview day. It’s all about presenting yourself as the total package of skills, qualifications, personality and cultural fit that your potential new employer has in mind.
Kick your research into high gear.
You probably already did some research before applying, but now is the time to go deeper. Research your interviewers. Start with their LinkedIn pages and then move on to other social platforms. Also, see if they have a bio on the company website. Finish with a Google search. Dive into more detail as you continue to learn about the company, too.
Be ready to make a dynamite first impression.
The devil is in the details. For in-person interviews, map out your journey in advance and allow a little extra time just in case. If it’s on video, test drive your technology and pick a quiet spot away from all distractions. Dress appropriately. (Try and get a read on proper attire as part of your research.) Get a good night’s rest before the big day and have a light, healthy meal before your interview.
Establish rapport with your interviewers.
Now that you’ve researched them, try to find a way to build a natural rapport with members of your interview panel. You may find a common interest, like a shared favorite hobby or sports team. This can also help with answering the question, “Tell me more about yourself.” For instance, you might say something like, “I got my start working in broadcasting, as well. I was interested to hear about your radio background.”
Prepare to answer those common questions – and to ask a few of your own.
Come up with solid answers to common interview questions, as well as your transferable skills and any employment gaps that may need an explanation. Be prepared to back up all your responses with compelling stories, as well as metrics and statistics to add to your case.
In addition, create at least two or three thoughtful questions of your own. This is a further demonstration of your genuine interest in the job, and the fact that you’ve done your research. Not to mention the obvious benefit of clarifying missing details as you decide whether or not the role is for you. Remember: an interview is a two-way street, as you assess one another for the best possible outcome.
The experienced career coaches at Accurate Staffing Consultants, Inc., can help ensure you ace your next interview – and partner with you to close the deal and take your career to the next level. Talk with us today to learn more.