Getting your resume noticed by an employer is the first step. But if you’re chosen to come in for an interview, you want to make sure that you make a good, and memorable impression, and that you stand apart from the other applicants. If you have a job interview coming up, the following tips can help:
There are a lot of common interview questions that many interviewers ask, so it wouldn’t hurt to research what some of those questions are so that you have some idea of what to expect. You can also go to websites like Glassdoor.com, where past interviewees will sometimes submit actual interview questions that they were asked when they were being interviewed for a job at a specific company. Rehearsing prior to your interview and knowing how you will answer certain questions can be a big help; just make sure you don’t sound rehearsed when it’s time for the real thing.
First impressions count
Make your first impression count, because you only get one chance at it. Make eye contact, smile, offer a firm handshake, show confidence and enthusiasm, and have a positive attitude in general. This is also means being on time for your interview; being late is one of the fastest ways to mess up your chances at getting the position before the interview even starts.
It’s natural to be anxious before and during an interview, but try not to let it show. If you appear nervous, it may give off the impression that you’re not confident about your eligibility for the job.
Pay attention your body language
Your body language can indicate your interest in the position you’re being interviewed for, as well as the company you’re trying to work at. Interviewers will often take note of your body language. As such, it’s important that you don’t slouch or look too relaxed. Make sure you sit up straight and that you have good posture throughout the interview.
If you’re a little more inexperienced than the job asks for, or you lack a specific ability, just be honest about it. Lack of experience in some areas may not be an issue if you’re a quick learner, and honesty is the best policy when you’re applying for a job.
Answer what you’re asked, but don’t go on tangents—be concise. This will likely aggravate some interviewers, especially if they’re short on time. Additionally, rambling can seem like you’re trying to avoid the question, or you didn’t comprehend what you were asked.
Towards the end of your interview, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked if you have any questions. The last thing you want to say is no. Have a couple questions ready that you can ask—particularly ones that show you know about the company and took the time to learn about it before your interview.
At the end
When the interview is over, express your interest in the job once again and be sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time. Unless you already talked about it during the interview, you should inquire about the general timeframe in which they think they will be filling the position, what the next step might be, and when you may hear something.
After the interview
Send a follow-up note to the interviewer within 24 hours, thanking him or her again. Send individual notes if multiple people interviewed you. You can always send the thank you note through email, but sending it through postal mail and going that extra mile can help you be more memorable.
Nothing above is meant to provide financial, legal, or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.