You’ve sent your resume and cover letter, they’ve called you and now you need to be prepared for a job interview. This can be the most frightening part of the process when searching for a new job. Here are ten tips to help you nail the job interview and land your next job.
Dress For the Interview
The first thing you need to do is dress properly for the interview. A good rule of thumb is to dress at least one step above what you will wear for the job. If you’d wear a polo shirt and dress slacks, you want to wear a button down and tie for the interview. If the position will require you to wear a tie every single day, wear a suit jacket for the interview.
For women, this may be a bit more complicated, but always try to dress to impress. If you’re dressed well for the interview, not only will you impress the person interviewing you, but you’ll likely go in with more confidence in yourself.
Role Play the Interview with a Friend
Role playing the interview is a great way to get your nerves out before the big day. If you go through potential questions and have a friend really drill you during the interview process, it may go very smoothly when the real day comes. It’s a bit like a rehearsal and will help prepare you to nail your upcoming job interview.
Research the Company
Before the interview, take the time to look into the company. Make sure you understand their mission statement, what they do and how they help others. It’s important to have a good understanding of who you may be working for and what they stand for.
Know Your Resume
You should also study your resume as they may ask questions about past work and other things from your resume. If you get a question about your resume wrong, they may notice and it could hurt your chances. However, when you know your resume inside and out, you’ll nail this portion of any job interview.
Study the Job Description
You should know the position you’re interviewing for and what will be expected of you. There will be questions about the job and you want to know how to answer these questions with confidence. Understanding the description of the job will help prepare you for the interview.
During any interview, you want to be yourself. If you put on a fake persona, you may not last long at the job. Some people know how to nail the interview, but turn into someone else after they’ve been hired. This will just lead to job hopping, which isn’t the goal. Be yourself and understand the company has to match with you and you with the company. If it’s not the right job, move on.
Interview Them, Too
A job interview isn’t all about the company interviewing you. It’s a bit like a first date and you get to interview them, too. You should look at this as an opportunity to see if you fit with the company and the company with you. If you’re not a match, move on.
Don’t Show Desperation
The worst thing you can do during a job interview is act desperate. If you seem desperate it will come across as such and you won’t be confident. Even if you really need to land the job, make sure you come across confident without desperation.
Use Concrete Examples to Show off Your Skills
Be prepared with examples of your skills when asked. If the interviewer asks about a specific skill, you need to be ready to prove it. Have a story ready about how you used the skill at your past job and give as much detail as possible.
Follow Up Quickly
You don’t want the interviewer to beat you to the punch. Follow up as quickly as possible afterwards to ensure they remember who you are and what you offer. A simple thank you note will do the trick or an email.
Find Out Why, If You’re Not Hired
Finding out why you didn’t get hired can be the key to success in your next interview. Not all job interviews will lead to the job. However, this knowledge can be great when it comes to the next interview. Maybe they felt you were overqualified or you just didn’t fit for some reason. Find out and use this information the next time around.
Interviewing for a job can be stressful. However, with these tips, you’ll be able to nail that job interview.