Tips for Having A Successful Interview
You have put together a great resume and now you received that call for an interview! Make the most of your opportunity with the following tips for a successful interview:
Be on Time
First impressions are very important when trying to land a job and being late for an interview shows a lack of respect for the interviewer, the company, and even yourself! Plan your time to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early to give yourself a little extra cushion in case something unforeseen comes up on the way. This also allows you a few minutes to use the restroom if necessary, review your notes and mentally compose yourself for the interview. Avoid arriving very early, stay in your car until the appropriate time.
Again, first impressions. When you interview for a job, you want to look and feel your best. What you wear may vary based on the position and company for which you are applying, but in all cases it’s important to look professional and confident.
Avoid bringing a coffee, water or other drinks into the interview. During the interview you want to be focused on the questions and developing a rapport with the interviewer, not sipping on your drink.
Put Your Phone Away
You want to give your interviewer 100% of your attention, so silence your phone and stow it in your bag or pocket. Glancing at the time or who is messaging you could send a message to your potential employer that you are unable to focus and are easily distracted, or that you simply don’t care enough about the opportunity to give your full attention.
Meeting with people goes beyond verbal communication. Your nonverbal gestures and movements can communicate a great deal to your interviewer. It’s important to maintain good eye contact with your interviewer while listening and speaking. Avoid crossing your arms and legs, as this signifies resistance to ideas or a defensive attitude. Sit with good posture, avoid fidgeting, and be confident.
Preparation is Key
Learn as much as you can about the company and position for which you are interviewing. Visit the company’s website and educate yourself on their business. Preparing thoroughly for your interview not only shows your interest for the company and opportunity, but also may help calm your nerves, help you feel more confident, and allow you to ask relevant questions about the company.
Avoid Badmouthing Past Employers
Regardless of how you really feel about past or present employers, it’s important to avoid badmouthing them in your interview. Doing so will suggest you may have a bad attitude, and your interviewer will wonder how you will talk about the them and their company if you’re are hired. Be professional and polite, you want to give the impression that you can work well with other people and handle conflicts effectively.
Following up after an interview shows your interest in the company and opportunity. Send a short thank-you email within 48 hours expressing your interest. You should make notes immediately after an interview so that you can cite specifics from the conversation.