August 31, 2011
Interviews can be daunting, but you can rock them with a little preparation and practice! Not sure how to make a great impression in an interview?
Impress your future employer with these interview tips:
Prepare for the interview
Never walk into an interview without first doing your research about the company and position. This includes knowing what the company does and how they do it, recent news/press, and information about their competitors. Not knowing about the company is a turn-off for most interviewers.
The moment you walk into the room, your interviewer is going to start making judgments about you, and the best way to impress them is to pay attention to your appearance. This means dressing professionally and being well-groomed and having impeccable hygiene.
Arrive on time
Even if you have a good excuse, your interviewer won’t think as highly of you if you’re late. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If you get to the building sooner than that, use that extra time to prepare for interview questions in the car—arriving more than 10 minutes early may make your interviewer feel rushed.
Although being interviewed might be on your top ten list of most intimidating moments along with public speaking and skydiving, try your best to emit confidence! A couple ways to feign confidence is to smile, stand/sit up tall, make eye contact with the interviewer, have a firm handshake, and respond to those interview questions with enthusiasm.
Ask intelligent questions
By asking intelligent questions (and not questions you could find out from a quick Google search), you’ll not only impress the interviewer with your interest but also set yourself apart from the competition. Such questions may include:
- Why is this position open? (Find out why the previous person left or if it’s a new role in a growing company)
- What traits or experience would a person need to be successful in this role?
- What are the top goals for the person you hire in this role?
- What’s your management style (or the management style of the hiring manager)?
- What would you change about… the company, culture, department, etc.?
- What are the next steps in this process?
As your mother might say, “Mind your manners!” At the end of your interview, don’t forget to thank your interviewer for taking the time to meet with you. The next day, send a personal “thank you” note to each person you met with via email. It’ll set you apart from the crowd.
With these tips, you’ll make the best possible impression for any interview. Good luck in your job search and rock those interviews!