Don't skip these important steps!
Getting a job interview is big news. It’s your opportunity to show a potential employer how you can fit the bill for the job opening. If you are like many people, you will feel nervous going into the interview. One way to combat the nerves is to plan ahead. The more prepared you are, the less your nerves will get in the way.
Next time you have a job interview lined up, use these five important tips to prepare for the big day. You can use this advice as a checklist. Tick off each one, and you should be ready to go!
1. Educate yourself
- Find out the company’s mission and history
- Try to figure out the key people in the division where you’d be working and read their bios
- Search for customer reviews and employee reviews of the organization
- Re-read the job description many times so you know what the employer wants
- Search Google News to see if the employer has been in the news lately
- Ask friends and family if they know anyone who works there that you might talk to before the interview
2. Write questions for the interviewer
- What are the top qualities that you need in an employee?
- Of the responsibilities on the job description, which are most important?
- What would a typical day on the job look like?
- What is a typical weekly schedule?
- How many other people work in this department?
Avoid inappropriate questions
- Do not ask “how much does it pay?”
- Do not ask “how much vacation do I get?”
- Do not ask “are you going to make me an offer?”
3. Practice over and over
- Use a list of sample job interview questions and practice answering them
- Videotape yourself to see how you look and sound
- Practice positive body language and good eye contact
- Get a mock interview scheduled with your career services department
- Ask a friend or family member to interview you and get their feedback
4. Be professional
- Call the day before to confirm your interview time
- Map out your route so you show up about 10 minutes early
- Dress professionally
- Come prepared with copies of your resume and business card
- Follow up with a thank you email or letter
5. Be confident
- Greet the interviewer with a smile and firm handshake
- Remember the interviewer’s name
- Speak clearly: do not rush or mumble through
- Make eye contact
- Be concise: don’t talk too much or too little
- Good posture
- Try to be yourself
- Always tell the truth
With these five points of advice, you should be well on the way to developing strong interview skills. But don't expect to be an expert all at once. Learning how to interview effectively can take some time, and that’s okay. The more job interviews you get under your belt, the more comfortable you will be. Here’s wishing you the best of luck!
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