Tips For Interview Success
You have landed an interview for your dream job, now is your chance to show them why they should hir
You have landed an interview for your dream job, now is your chance to show them why they should hire you above all other candidates. Take a look at these tips from Tick Jobs to make your interview a success.
1. Dress For Success
One of the things you should be paying close attention to would be your wardrobe. A Harvard professor Amy Cuddy reported in her book that humans are primarily judged by two different factors - respectability and trustworthiness. Your dress can play a crucial role in this.
That doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money on it. It simply means you need to select the clothing, accessories, and even hairstyle that will command the type of respect you are seeking in your respective industry.
Think about your profession and what is deemed appropriate and respectable in it. Then, you will have a good baseline of what you should be wearing to an interview.
2. Show Up On-Time
When you are looking to head to an interview, you want to plan on going on-time. You want to show up at least 5 minutes before your scheduled interview. This doesn't mean you should get to the location and be parking 5 minutes ahead.
It means you should be ready in the waiting room for at least 5 minutes in advance. This way, you can showcase that you are punctual which can make a good impression on a prospective employer.
That doesn't mean you should arrive too early, however. Being too early isn't always a good thing. Unfortunately, not every company you interview for will have a lobby with sufficient space. Because of this, if you arrive too early, you may end up causing them to interview you before they were ready to do so.
Instead, try to hang around the building or somewhere close by outside. This way, you will be able to give yourself plenty of time to prepare and you won't be forcing yourself on them before they are ready.
3. Arrive Fully Prepared
You want to arrive fully prepared for the interview. Bring everything you will need along with you. This includes a pen, notebook, and portfolio and your resume. You might even want to pre-write a list of different questions you want to ask the interviewer.
This way, you will be able to get the information you need and present yourself as someone who comes fully prepared for their interviews. Because the majority of interviews begin by requesting your resume, you should have it accessible and safely unfolded for easy access.
A lot of interviewers will want to know that they are giving you useful information. Because of this, you should be jotting down notes as the interview is conducted. This will give them the idea that you value their input and it will help give you a break from having to maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
You can also have important notes that you don't want to forget written down to help guide you along throughout the interview process. Don't let this process distract you too much from maintaining good eye contact throughout the interview.
4. Have Examples Ready
One of the main complaints a lot of hiring managers have with interviewees is having candidates that are 'all talk.' You want to ensure that you are coming up with real-life examples that showcase how you have demonstrated a specific skill or attribute.
Figure out the desired traits for the respective role and try to come up with clear examples that demonstrated your experience and abilities.
5. Have a Conversation With Them
You will find the best and most successful interviews have a good amount of giving and take. You don't want to make it all about you.
Be prepared enough to discuss the company itself, the role that you are interviewing for, your specific background, the industry in question, and any other things that are relevant to the business.
A company that is hiring wants to know that you are up-to-date on current trends and things going on within the industry because it shows they are engaged.
Without having this type of preparation, you will likely find that your interview is mainly a one-sided affair. Having a fluid and two-way conversation is one of the best ways to showcase your ability to display your traits and the value you can add to the company in the best possible way.