On the hunt for a new job? If you’ve successfully mastered resume creation and the art of the cover letter, chances are you’ve secured some job interviews. Read on for the best ways to prepare before sitting down with the hiring manager.
Don’t assume you can get by with the limited knowledge from your application. Research the CEO and the backgrounds of the people conducting the interview.
Knowing your audience will help you answer questions with more confidence.
Additionally, dig a little deeper into the company and its most recent projects or any news or events that are currently going on. Being able to reference the company’s own work will not only show that you are well-prepared and genuinely interested in the position you’ve applied for, it will also give you the opportunity to showcase what more you could offer the team.
Even if your interview is with a hiring manager or recruiter at an IT staffing or industrial staffing company, these professional will take note of just how much you know about the company you’re applying for.
Pro Tip: Make sure you’ve read the job description and have a good understanding of the position you’re applying for!
Research commonly asked interview questions and practice your answers.
Unfortunately, interviewers don’t just want to know about your good qualities; they’re also interested in your weaknesses. Be prepared to answer difficult questions like “What’s your biggest weakness?” or “Why did you leave your last job?”
One of the best ways to handle these questions is to show what steps you’ve taken to improve in these areas.
Be concise, but confident in your knowledge and provide relevant examples.
Speaking of knowledge—show it!
This is your chance to showcase the talents you possess that will set you apart from other candidates. Highlight experience you’ve had in similar fields and how it has helped you prepare for this job.
In addition, general qualities like punctuality or an ability to multitask can be important assets for companies. Don’t be shy about mentioning your strengths.
Plan your outfit to fit the company culture—but always go overdressed versus underdressed.
Make sure there are no wrinkles and most importantly: wear something that makes you feel comfortable.
Anticipate getting to the interview site 5-10 minutes early to show you’re timely and respectful of the hiring manager’s schedule.
Be sure to bring your list of references, résumé, and other documents requested by the interviewer.
As you’re sitting across from the hiring manager, you may actually be excited about being there, but your body language might say differently. If you look sullen or are crossing your arms, you may give off a different vibe than you intended.
Positive forms of body language include: smiling, eye contact, active listening, nodding
Body language to avoid: slouching, fidgeting, mumbling, anything that could make you seem uninterested or unprofessional
Never say you don’t have any questions for the employer—after all, you are interviewing them too!
Make a list ahead of time so you know what you want answered, but don’t ask a question that was already addressed by them during your conversation.
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