Job interviews can be nerve-wracking and intimidating especially when you are applying for your dream job. Whether it is an entry-level position or a senior role, job interviews are something every job-seeking person goes through. At times, you must pass multiple interview stages before you get the final interview because the human resource team would want to get to know you before sending your application for review to the department manager.
With this said, you would want to show off your skills and accumulated experiences to make a good impression in front of your potential employer and the entire hiring team. Interviews start and complete your employee experience in the company. Being nervous for every job interview is completely fine because it’s a sign that you’ve set expectations for yourself and only want to do a good job and leave a great first impression. Here are some tips to help you do an amazing job at your next interview:
Do your research
As an aspiring employee, your knowledge about the company and the job will make the hiring team admire you. Since you submitted your resume to them, they will assume that you want to work with them, and you have done your research as to who they are and what they do.
Questions about the company and the job description will surely pop out during the interview so it’s better if you’ve gone through their company website and have a basic understanding of the position that you want to fill in. Browse the company’s history, goals, vision, mission, services, and accomplishments.
Dress to impress
What you wear is just as important as what you know when it comes to a job interview. The first impression of your future employer will largely depend on how you present yourself. There’s no need to buy an extravagant suit and tie for your interview, but at least wear something neat, conservative, and simple.
You must set aside jeans, hoodies, and revealing clothing for this day because you must make an effort to dress professionally. Also, mind your posture and facial expressions. Undoubtedly, they are part of your outfit as the two will complete your look. And to look more relaxed and refreshed, you could also try to meditate the morning before your interview.
Being on time is a sign of respect that will gain your future employers’ respect. It will show them how dedicated you are to the job that you are applying for. If you are not familiar with the location of your interview, you must research how to get there beforehand. Getting lost in the maze of the city is not a valid excuse for tardiness.
At best, you must at least aim to arrive and get yourself ready at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Plus, you should have enough time to gather your thoughts and calm down before you get to the actual interview. However, do not overdo being early by coming in more than 30 minutes early to the interview (unless you did so by chance).
If you know yourself, you will be able to market yourself in the best way. Be prepared to be asked to introduce yourself, your past experiences (if any), your skills, and the things that you’re good at or love doing. Talk about your skills and talents that are useful for the job you’re applying for.
Interviewers will also ask what your strengths and weaknesses are. You may be asked to tell the story illustrating it and how you overcame the challenges that made you strong or exposed your weaknesses. Don’t forget to mention something that you are really great at and the things that you need improvement from and how you plan to improve in this area. This may not be related to the job you are applying for as this only aims to expose how you think and act.
If there’s something that’s unclear to you, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. Asking questions can give your interviewer the impression that you are interested to know more and are not willing to step into battle without knowing all the facts. It will also break the ice between you and the interviewer if you ask conversational questions that they asked you back to them. Asking questions will also demonstrate your critical thinking skills.
Avoid bad-mouthing your previous job and employer
Be professional. Interviewers do not need to know about the toxic employer unless it plays a big part in the story. Even so, just mention them in passing and never make a big deal out of the negative experience you had with them. It’s better if you talk about your relevant experiences and the lessons that you have learned. After all, if you are willing to say such negative things about your previous employer, what’s stopping you from talking bad about them too if they ever hire you?
Refrain from focusing on salary
It may be one of the reasons why you’re looking for a job, but questions about salary and paid time offs may give your interviewer the wrong impression. You may come off as someone who only thinks about money instead of polishing your craft. Besides, these things are usually discussed during contract signing so just be patient and wait until then.
Don’t hesitate to follow up
Always send an email, text message, or even a hand-written letter thanking your interviewer for the opportunity after the interview. It is a good chance to explain more to them why you are a good fit for the position and that you are looking forward to working with them in the future.
Being your best self is the best way to be when talking to potential employers.
Article written by Regi Publico
Exclusively for InternX