The time has come for the big interview. This short guide will provide some tips to performing well when the time comes. Anticipate beforehand what you will be asked and how you will answer. Being prepared is half the battle of a job interview. Planning the interview out will give you more confidence and leave you able to communicate well on your important day.
Research both the company you are applying with and the position you are interviewing for. Be ready to answer questions about both if asked. Mention something you like about the company and explain how some of your qualities make you the right candidate for the open position. Prepare questions for your interviewer as well. A question such as, “Is this a postion where I will be afforded opportunities for advancement?”, shows you are willing to put in some work and become invested in the company’s well-being.
Basic interview questions should also be studied. If you’re asked to tell a little about yourself, be ready to sell your good qualities and why they make you the correct person for the job. Be ready to answer the dreaded questions as well. “What is your biggest weakness?”, or “Was there a time when you failed at something?” Do not be afraid of these questions as they are actually the perfect opportunity for you to turn something that may seem negative into a positive and show yourself in a good light.
A final prepared statement should also be memorized. Usually at the end of an interview you will be granted some time for your final thoughts. Know what you will say and reaffirm all the points you hit on in the interview in one last barrage of selling yourself as the perfect candidate for the job.
Beyond this, learn the basics of body language and be aware of the signals you give off when sitting face to face with your interviewer. Be sure to give a firm handshake. Thank the interviewer upon meeting and once again upon completion of the interview. Ask what the next steps are. This will help you learn when will be a good time to follow up. Sending a thank you note will also impress.
Preparedness is the key to job interviews. Learning what it takes to be prepared will give you the skills to impress and increase your odds of landing the job.