Interviews can be tough, but they don’t have to be. Preparing for an interview the right way can increase your credibility and likelihood of landing your next dream career. With the right preparation and a little motivation, you’ll find yourself a lot closer to getting hired.
- Research the company.
Candidates regularly skip the step of researching the company. This doesn’t just mean reviewing what other employees have to say about the organization. Research other key facts such as when the company was founded, who the CEO is, and what the mission statement is. Researching this information can help you get ahead and show your recruiter that you know what you’re getting into, and just might be the right dual fit for the role.
- Compare your talents to the position requirements.
Too often, candidates apply for careers that they are either overqualified or underqualified for. Before you interview for a position, make sure that you see yourself in that role for the next 5 roles and that you are prepared for the responsibilities that come along with it.
- Prepare responses.
Put yourself in the shoes of the hiring company. What information do you think they would like to know about you? Write these questions down and provide answers to these questions. Then, stand in front of a mirror and practice your responses. Make sure to pay attention to your non-verbal communication skills while you practice. Standing up straight and smiling are a great way to help develop rapport while you are providing your answers.
- Plan what to wear.
While we all like to believe that no one judges us, what you wear to an interview says a lot about the kind of employee you will be. Dress professionally with an ironed shirt and don’t show too much skin. It’s always better to appear professional during an interview, rather than provocative.
- Follow up.
Keep track of the business card that you received from your interview and follow up with a thank you email. State why you think you’re the best candidate for the position that you interviewed for, and thank your interviewer for their time and consideration. This goes a long way!