How To Put Your Best Foot Forward In A Job Interview
Going on a job interview is nerve-wracking, especially going in unprepared. The key to a confident, successful interview? You can start by preparing yourself for your interview by using my tips below, listed in order of succession.
1. Now that you have submitted your resume to different companies through your local job board or through a recruiter, one of the hiring managers is calling to schedule an interview. When that call comes, (or email), take care to respond promptly and professionally. Before you end the call or send the email, now is the time to ask for the company’s name and web-site. You should also ask for the names of the people you will be meeting with so you go into the interview knowing who you will be talking to. Speak confidently and be flexible to the hiring manager’s needs on when the interview is to be set.
2. Now your interview is set, you need to do your homework. Put the company’s name into your local search engine to get some background on who you could potentially be working for. In good standing with the Better Business Bureau? Secretary of State? Any online bad reviews? You should then go to the company’s web-site and fully educate yourself on the vision and the product of the company you will be working for. The quickest way for an interview to go badly is to not know anything of the company that is thinking of hiring you. You also need to see how you can enhance the company’s vision and what skills that you have to offer.
3. Now that you have done your homework on the company and are prepared for the hiring manager’s questions on your thoughts of the company, it is time to think of some of the top questions that you could get asked. The top one is “tell me a little about yourself”; make sure your answer is humble but strong, you are selling yourself with this answer. Another one is “how did you hear about this position”; you need to know this answer so they know you are in control of your career and that you are not posting your resume everywhere for anyone to give you a chance. “Why should we hire you”; this is another question where you should be humble yet strong. “Tell me about a mistake you have made in the past”; you’ve had one, we’ve all had one and to not admit it shows that you don’t see your flaws. Be honest but make sure you have an answer on how you corrected it. “Why did you leave your last position, (or why are you leaving your current position)”; be honest in what you are looking for and why the last company could not lead you there.
4. On the day of the interview, you have fully prepared so you should easily be able to walk in confident and ready. Be well-groomed, well dressed, and walk in with a smile. Make sure your handshake is firm and that you make eye contact with everyone you meet, even the receptionist.
These could be your future co-workers so you want to greet all that you meet with a smile and a hello!
With these tips, I hope you feel comfortable and confident in garnering a job offer. I wish you the best in your future endeavors!
Investing in a Lifetime of Success,