Simple tips for a killer job interview.
A job interview can be intimidating. It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or you’re a seasoned professional — we each get butterflies while we’re waiting in lobby. Aside from the obvious advice of dressing professionally and bringing extra copies of your resume to the interview, there are a few things you can do the increase your confidence.
Practice makes perfect. Role-play interviews with your friends and family members. Don’t let them take it easy on you either. Job interviews are a free for all, and you never know what questions will be thrown at you. This is also a great opportunity to show off your research skills. Have your mock interviewer ask you questions about the company you’ll be interviewing with. You should research their mission, offerings, and media releases to get an overall understanding of their business philosophy and work in the community. While conducting your research be sure to make a list of questions for your interviewer (the real one.) Most people fail to ask questions during an interview, and this is a big no-no. You can’t possible understand every facet of the business, so don’t be shy to speak-up. You’ll stand out for your inquisitiveness.
When you get to your interview, keep a cool composure. Blend into the crowd. Treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect, and as a “member of the team.” Sure, the Senior VP may have the final say on hiring you, but he or she will rely on input from their team members. Making a good impression with everyone from the receptionist to mid-level managers can go a long way.
Lastly, don’t get discouraged if you left anything out of the interview, or think you could have done a better job at making a point or two. You should send a follow-up ‘Thank You’ note to your interviewers, and it’s a great opportunity to “sell” yourself… again. Take notes during the interview to reinforce anything you’d like to clarify, and opportunities to show why you are the right person for the job.
Until next time, I’m Thom Fox for Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.