How to Interview Like a Pro
Let’s face it, being in an interview or knowing that you are going to be in an interview can be intimidating. Nerves are an unavoidable part of the interview process and whether you are brand new to an interview or a seasoned veteran, nerves are a part of everyday life. Every employer is looking for character qualities that work for them and the team while making sure that the position is a good fit for you. Scheduling and attending an interview is a basic step in the hiring process. In this article, we will be going through steps that can help you prepare and win the interview process.
- Research the company and the role that you are applying for. It is essential before walking into an interview to have a basic knowledge of the company and the role. Research the company and find out what they are about. What type of business does the company offer? What type of clients do they serve and more! When demonstrating a knowledge of the company, you have the potential to set yourself apart from the possible contenders who are applying for the same position. Research the qualifications of the role and write down how you qualify for the role. Often, the interviewer will ask questions such as “How did you hear about the position?” How do you see yourself being a good fit into the role and team?” Writing down your qualifications for the role will help you become more confident in why you are applying for the role and why you are qualified to fill the position.
- Dress for success. Take time to look your best. First impressions are everything. Dress business professional, even if the company has a more relaxed dress code. It is important to have the best foot forward and you can do this by dressing your best.
- Arrive on time. It is a good rule of thumb to remember that 15 minutes is on time and five minutes early is late. It is best to leave your house an extra 30 minutes early just in case you hit traffic, have trouble finding the building or any other unexpected delays that are unforeseen. Arriving late can have a negative effect on your potential for being chosen for the position.
- Take notes on the information learned in the interview. Taking notes gives you as the interviewee to look back on what you learned and remember the information better should it be needed in the future. Taking notes also shows your future employer that you are actively participating in the process and are taking serious steps to be set apart from the candidates.
- Follow-up with the interviewer. It is always a good idea to follow up after the interview. Following up a day or two after the interview shows your future employer that you are serious and care about the position. Following up also keeps you in the front of their minds as there may be other candidates that have applied for the same position. Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to be interviewed. This shows that you are grateful for the time and consideration that the team and company took for the interview process.