Here at N Liten Resume Services we pride ourselves in not only helping our clients with cover letters and resumes. We also provide career counseling to better prepare our clients on their job search and eventually interview. According to studies employers only request an interview from the top 2%” of candidates. Thus, making it imperative to have a great interview once you get the invitation. Here are seven tips that will help any job seekers on their next interview
- Conduct Research on the Employer – One of the keys to success in a job interview starts with having a solid groundwork of knowledge already attained before the interview. Having an understanding of the company, the requirements of the job, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you do the better prepared you will be for any question the interviewer might ask. A great place to start your research is on the organization’s website and other available materials, search engines, research tools, and ask questions about the company in your network of contacts.
- Review Common Interview Questions & Prepare Your Responses – This is an important step in preparing for an interview. First, you can research similar question that might be asked for the specific field you’re interviewing for. The main goal is to be well prepared for any question that the hiring manger might ask and be able to give concise responses to said questions. However, there is no need to memorize responses (in fact, it’s best not to), but do develop talking points.
- Dress for Success – The popular saying “you look good you play good” does not only apply to sports, but in the work environment. When it comes to interviewing, a cardinal rule is to dress business causal unless the employer informs you otherwise. Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under.
- Arrive on Time, Relaxed and Prepared for the Interview – Arriving on time to an interview is a must in today’s competitive job market. Unless extreme emergency arriving late is never a good way to portray yourself to a hopefully soon to be employer. Strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. The day before the interview look up directions to your interview to ensure you arrive on time and are able to avoid road work, traffic or accidents.
- Make Good First Impressions – The first impression you make on an employer is key factor whether or not you get the job or not. A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be well-mannered and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet. Make a strong first impression by greeting your interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (not bone-crushing) handshake. Remember having a positive attitude and expressing eagerness for the job and employer are vital in the initial interview.
- Ask Insightful Questions – This tip ties back into #1 and #2 on most interviews the hiring manger asks the majority of the questions. However, usually towards the end of the interview session the interviewer allows for the interviewee to ask any questions they might have. The best way to be prepared for this is to formulate questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. For example, you could ask “If hired what are the potential growth opportunities do you offer”?
- Sell Yourself & then Close the Deal – Often times when it comes to the hiring process the most qualified candidate are not always the one who is hired. The applicant who is hired is usually the person who does the best job responding to interview questions. Showcasing his or her fit with the job, department, and company. The better you’re prepared for the interview increases your chances of being hired.
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