You just submitted a job application… Now what?
The next step in the job search process is at least one, if not many, interviews. Interviews can be a stressful, now matter how many times you’ve done one. We put together just a few basics to help you get prepared for putting your best foot forward in your interviews.
Interview Guide Tips
Do your research.
Knowledge is power and you shouldn’t go into this first interview unprepared. Find out as much about the company as you can through online searches, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and more. The internet is a terrific tool…get out there and start surfing to learn what you can.
Look for things like:
- What are their values, their goals?
- What do past and present employees think of the work environment and management?
- What are their products and services?
Expect the usual questions and have answers in mind. While you should practice, be careful to not make it sound scripted. Think of some examples of important accomplishments at previous jobs or in school, or maybe special skills you have which you want to discuss. You want to showcase everything you have to offer, so be ready to respond to those questions with specific examples of just how great you are!
First Impressions Matter.
You have one chance to make a good first impression, and you always want to put your best foot forward. Whether it’s an interview in person or by video, dress professionally, arrive on time, and don’t forget to think about your body language.
Body language is very important; if your nerves do start to rise up, try and treat the interview as a comfortable conversation with a friend. Keeping this in mind can help improve eye contact, minimize fidgeting, and mirror their body language to show you’re listening. It may not seem important on paper, but it can go a long way to presenting yourself as a confident, competent potential employee.
Have a list of questions ready for the interviewer. This is your chance to show how interested you are in the company.
Remember that you are interviewing the company, just as much as they are interviewing you. You should ask relevant questions for yourself and your professional goals. Here are a few suggestions:
- How would you describe the culture here?
- What type of people tend to really thrive here and what type do not do as well?
- How would you describe the work environment? Is it more collaborative or more independent?
- Can you describe a typical day in this job?
- How would you define “success” for this job?
We hope these tips were helpful in getting you ready for your big interview. We’re rooting for you!