You’ve gotten the call you’ve been waiting for: you’ve landed an interview for your dream job! Once you conclude this conversation – all the while acting like the consummate professional that you are – hang up and then do a Happy Dance!
The hard part is over, right?
Yes – and no. While a personal interview is a sign that a prospective employer is interested in hiring you, this is crunch time. You can either nail the job as a result of your interview or lose it to one of the other top contenders.
The pressure is on, but with the right advance planning and positive attitude, you can leave your interview feeling confident that a job offer will soon come your way. Here are some suggestions to help ensure that that’s exactly what happens:
Do Your Homework
Learn as much as you can about the position and company, prior to your interview. This shows your genuine interest, and also demonstrates your planning and organizational strengths.
- In addition to the company website, Google both the organization and your interviewers, and check them out on social media. Look for annual reports, marketing materials and press releases, and if possible, reach out to current and former employees.
Dress the Part
As part of your research, find out what the appropriate dress code for your job looks like. A good rule of thumb is to start with the everyday dress code and then kick it up, just a notch.
Arrive a Little Early
If possible, give your commute a trial run so you can determine how much time you’ll need to get to your interview. Plan to be there about 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled time. This way, you can relax and compose yourself – and show punctuality as another one of your attributes.
There’s never a second chance to make a good first impression. Everything you do to prepare for your interview comes down to this. From the time you enter company property till you exit the parking lot, work to build positive rapport with everyone you encounter.
- Greet people with a smile and a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact, as one of the most effective forms of non-verbal communication. Create connections.
While maintaining professional composure, let your personality, qualities and experience shine through.
- Never be what you “think” the job requires – because if it’s radically different than what you really are, the position probably isn’t right for you anyway. If you’re not being true to yourself, your interviewers will sense this lack of authenticity right away.
An interview is a two-way street. Just as a prospective employer is evaluating you, you’re assessing them to see if the job would be a good mutual fit. Come prepared with your own questions. This also shows that you’re organized, interested and well-prepared.
Send a Thank –You Note
Within one to two business days, send personalized thank –you notes to each one of your interviewers. Studies have shown that this key follow-up step can be the deciding factor when an employer has their hiring decision narrowed down to two equally-qualified candidates.
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