Interviewing 101: Put the Best You on Display
- Posted: August 8, 2019
Interviews are more often than not nerve-wracking. This is particularly the case if you keen on getting the job or if it has been a while since you participated in one. In most cases, the interviewer already has formed their opinion of you based on your resume, cover letter, and your phone or video interview. So, how do you ascertain that your one-on-one interview lives up to their expectations? In this post, we discuss a few techniques you can employ to calm your nerves and impress your interviewer.
1. Prepare appropriately
Without an idea of the company culture or the job’s requirements, it will be difficult to answer the interview questions in a way that resonates with these requirements. You will need to find out all that you can about your potential employer. Use resources such as the company’s website, blog, social media pages, including LinkedIn, to glean information such as its vision, mission, and culture.
2. Dress and look the part
Dressing the part not only makes you look professional but also enhances your confidence. Your research on the company should give you an idea of how the employees dress. For many positions in an office, a suit will do. Dress in neat business casual if you get the inclination that a suit will not be appropriate for the interview. Be conservative when it comes to your accessories and hairstyle. You want your potential employer to remember you for your personality rather than your makeup.
3. Prepare for the interview questions
In most interviews, you will be asked to describe yourself, your career goals, why you think you are the right fit for the position, your strengths, weaknesses, among other questions. Avoid sounding like a broken record by memorizing what’s on your resume. Instead, practice answering these questions naturally while injecting some of your personality. As you may have some questions of your own, avoid asking all of them at the end. Weave them naturally into the interview conversation.
4. Stay calm but engaged and professional
By applying for the job, you gave already your interest in joining the organization. However, you will need to demonstrate that you are the right fit by staying calm but engaged during the interview. It is acceptable to take a moment to frame your answers when answering questions. Remember to ask for clarification if any question is unclear. As mentioned, ask questions of your own. Demonstrate your professionalism by arriving early. Avoid chewing gum, checking your phone, fidgeting, or interrupting your interviewer. Ensure you answer the interview questions forthrightly.
5. Follow it up
Contrary to what most people think, an interview does not end once you walk out of the interview room. Candidates who follow-up the interview with a thank you note or email have a higher chance of landing the job. Take this chance to quickly restate why you are a suitable candidate for the position. However, keep it short and friendly.
The success of an interview depends on how well you are prepared for it. A candidate who is well prepared is likely to be more confident compared to one who is not. The fact that you have been invited for the interview is proof that you are fit for the job. Therefore, relax and follow the above tips to the letter to land your dream job.