After spending hours proofreading your resume, sending it out, and attending job fairs, you've been asked to come in for an interview. Interviews are your chance to sell your experiences, attitude and skills to the employer. Here are some tips to prepare for an interview and techniques that will improve your chances of being selected for the position.
Gather information about the company's history, mission, products and/or services, and details about the position for which you are being interviewed by visiting the company's website, searching for press releases, and news articles. This shows that you are knowledgeable about the company and are really interested in working there. Then make notes of things you wants to know more about and ask the employer at the end of your interview.
Review common interview questions and practice answering them out loud or with someone. This will help you sound more sure of yourself and less nervous in the actual interview. Come prepared with stories that relate to the skills that the employer wants, while emphasizing key things you want the employer to know about you (e.g. strengths, leadership skills, ability to solve problems, etc.).
3. Dress to Impress
First impressions do matter in an interview. It is usually best to wear a dark-colored (black or blue) suit to reflect a professional attitude and have good personal hygiene. If you have a mustache or beard, it should be neatly groomed. You should avoid wearing excessive jewelry and perfume/cologne.
4. Have Good Interview Etiquette
Arrive at the interview about 10 minutes prior to the interview appointment. This gives you enough time to find parking or use the bathroom without feeling rushed.
Be polite to everyone you come in contact with at the company. You never know whose opinion will count.
Have a firm handshake, good posture and don't fidget, and make eye contact with the interviewer to convey confidence. When speaking, be polite and professional.
This will help you remain calm and control your nervousness during an interview. During the interview take deep slow breaths to get oxygen to your brain.
6. Be Prepared to Ask the Interviewer Questions
It is a good idea to go into the interview with a few questions in mind. This gives you a chance to ask additional questions about the company, position, requirements and expectations of the person who will be filling the position. It also shows the employer that you're truly interested in the position.
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