With the job market as competitive as it is, it can be a struggle to just book an interview. Most often several people are being interviewed for the same position, so you only have one chance to make the right impression. Listed below are some ways to help ensure that you nail your interview.
Before the Interview
Do your research! Visit the company’s website and be familiar with the mission statement, background history, past clients and projects.
Review the profile of the person (or people) on LinkedIn who will be intervieiwing you so that you have insights into their professional background
Prepare questions you want to ask during the interview. We suggest asking 3 quality questions but come prepared with 5 or 6 in the event that some of your questions were already answereed in the interview. A few general but good questions include:
How many people work in this office/department?
What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
What do you like about working here?
If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
During the Interview
Come in with a good attitude. Treat everyone you meet in the elevator or lobby as if they were the person with hiring authority. Many companies ask the receptionist their impression of a potential candidate as they entered and waited for their appointment. You never know who may influence the final decision so act accordingly.
Don’t say negative things about your past employers. Put a positive twist on any tough situation or difficult boss, and be ready to talk about what you learned from the experience.
Don’t be afraid to brag. Job interviews are your one chance to prove why you should be chosen for the position. Talk about specific projects or accomplishments you have done beyond what your resume provides.
After the Interview
Say thank you! Thank you letters show appreciation for the employer’s time and gives you a chance to reiterate your interest in the position and remind them about your qualifications. You can also use it as an opportunity to mention anything that you may have forgotten during the interview itself.