As with many talents, interviewing is something that can improve with time and effort. While it may never get to be a walk in the park, there are ways to develop and improve your interviewing skills in order to feel more comfortable and demonstrate that you are ideal for a job. Follow the tips for rocking your next interview and making a strong impression:
It is important to arrive on time to an interview, but there is such thing as being too early. You become an inconvenience to others in the office when you arrive too much before your scheduled time. Never arrive more than 15-20 minutes before an interview if you can help it.
Send a thank-you
Following an interview, send a thank- you note. Doing so sends a follow-up message that demonstrates that you truly are interested in the position. Collect business cards after you interview from each of your interviewers in order to send tailored messages
Show your personality
At the end of the day recruiters are looking for the best fit, meaning they aslo take into consideration factors such as personality. If you have been called to an interview, then they already see you as potentially capable based on past skills and experience. Use the interview as an opportunity for the interviewer to see your personality as well.
Dressing for an interview doesn’t just mean looking professional and brushing your hair. You should know the culture of the place that you are interviewing for and try to dress appropriately. Also, remember to avoid wearing too much perfume or cologne. Pay attention to the finer details like brushing your teeth and grooming your nails.
Research, research, research
A good rule of thumb is to consider your interview as a second date. You wouldn’t forget your date’s name or important details about them, right? Be sure to know information about the company before you start the interview. Know some facts and current news about the industry and position you are applying for in order to impress the interviewer.
Ask the right questions
The interviewer isn’t there to give you an overview of the company, but rather to answer specific questions about the company or position. Be sure that the questions you ask are worthwhile.
If an interview asks you a question that you don’t know the answer to, then don’t lie. Especially when the question involves fact-based things or specific skills sets.
Interviewers will ask you things with the intentional purpose of throwing you off. Don’t let them. Their quirky questions are an attempt to test your problem solving abilities, response to pressure, and communication skills. Instead of thinking in terms of being right or wrong, be creative and develop a unique answer.
Don’t talk too much
Interviewers will get bored, it’s inevitable. Don’t give them reason to zone out. Be sure to answer questions quickly and to the point by providing substance when needed. You want to provide interviewers with sound bites that might make or beak their decisions, not clutter that makes it harder.
Finally, it is important that you read about interviewing. While the tips provided above are certainly good rules of thumb and provide a guidline for how to successfully interview, there are plenty of other tips and tricks to nailing an interview. Take the time to learn about your interviewer and other standards that many hiring managers expect.