Utilize these important tips to make a good impression at your next job interview.
Research and preparation
- Ask your recruiter to tell you about the company - Many employers want to know that you have researched their company. Your recruiter will know the company well. They will be able to give you details that you may not find by visiting the company website or doing an internet search. You should ask for details like company size, products, corporate culture, reporting structure, responsibilities, and career path. This will prepare you to answer interview questions.
- Learn as much as you can about the position - Your recruiter will likely have inside knowledge regarding what the company is looking for in their ideal candidate. They will be able to give you tips and advice specifically tailored for your interview.
- Be Ready – Employers will likely ask if you have any questions. Based on the research you have compiled and the information that your recruiter has provided, prepare a list of intelligent questions.
- Appearance - Dress conservatively. Pay close attention to personal grooming - clean nails and hair, shoes shined, etc.
- Posture - Sit up straight, keep your hands folded on your knees, briefcase or the arms of your chair. Lean slightly forward so as to convey an impression of alertness and energy.
- Eye Contact - Maintain steady eye contact with the interviewer. This does not mean staring - periodically look away, but always return your eyes to the interviewer especially when communicating.
Communicate your strengths
- Highlight Relevant Skills - Match your responses to the requirements of the position, with the emphasis on your relevant skills and experience.
- Be Engaging - Conduct yourself with energy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Companies like to hire people with these traits!
- Be Ready for Anything - Be prepared to answer open-ended questions such as "what are your short/long-range goals?" "tell me about yourself", and "what are your strengths and weaknesses?"
- Support Qualifications with Facts - Provide details and examples to underline your qualifications.
Traps to avoid
- Never be critical of a former company or supervisor
- Don't tell long, rambling "war stories"
- Don't rush to answer every question immediately
- Control outward signs of nervousness - fidgeting, foot tapping, etc.
- Don't smoke or chew gum
- Avoid discussion of salary or benefits, at this point you are there to evaluate the position