Job interviews can be some of the most important meetings you’ll ever have. If the job you’re applying for is your dream job, it can cause some added stress and pressure because you want to make sure you do exceptionally well.
Being prepared and presenting yourself as confident and capable is the best way to ensure a successful interview.
Here are a few great tips for acing the meeting that could lead to your dream job.
Study the company you’re applying to and the position you’re interviewing for. Research them through their website, blog, and social media posts. Be sure to read the “About Us” area of their website. Know a little something about their history, what they do and any new developments or plans that have been announced.
Prepare your answers in advance to some of the most common interview questions. Repeat your answers over and over again in front of a mirror so that you can also practice your body language and posture. This practice will help you appear more confident, even if you’re a nervous wreck inside.
Choose Your Outfit
Know at least the day before what you plan to wear to your interview. Last minute running around and changing clothes will not only make for a stressful morning, but you’ll feel less confident if you’re not wearing something you like. Plan your outfit in advance right down to your shoes and accessories. Lay it all out and make sure it’s wrinkle-free so on interview day you’re ready to go.
When you have questions to ask of the interviewer, they know you are prepared and have thought about your potential new position and the company you want to work for.
Don’t Get Cozy
Sometimes, when we start to feel comfortable with someone, we relax and become familiar like we’re making friends. This is great if you’re making a new friend, but not so good for a professional interview. Remain positive and enthusiastic about the position while maintaining professionalism.
Practice your listening skills and pay attention. Your interviewer is providing you with a lot of information about the potential job and employer. This will help you to ask good questions later in the interview.
Practice Good Body Language
Smile, make eye contact and greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. This great first impression will get your interviewer interested in learning more about you.
By preparing yourself in advance and maintaining a professional appearance throughout your interview, you’ll find yourself at the top of the selection list for the new job!
Need some help?
Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other job seekers and develop a non-traditional job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.