Irrespective of how many technological advances we enjoy nowadays, all of us become equal when it comes to landing a job and before this surviving and succeeding in the interview process. No matter whether you are seeking for the position within a large or a small company, it all comes down to the interview.
You have sent your resumes to a number of employers, were lucky enough to get several (a lot of) responses back and are going to have an interview.
Scheduling the interview, be polite and friendly and try to make friends with the assistant or receptionist. They may have some useful information at their disposal which can help you greatly during the interview and generally raise your chances to get a job.
And here comes the day of the interview.
Some ordinary thins like being prompt, suitably dressed and your behavior in general are the factors which will help an employer to get an impression about you as a potential employee.
Consider 7 easy steps below in order to improve your interviewing skills:
1) Get ready for the interview.
First and foremost, it is of paramount importance to get dressed appropriately. Think about the details of your suit, your grooming and general posture.
Think also about some easy ways to be courteous. Specify the time when your interview is scheduled and be sure to come earlier to have enough time at your disposal. Do not forget to switch off your mobile phone.
2) Do research.
Be careful to use all the resources available and find as much information about the company and you will be able to avoid any unpleasant situations, such as how you got to know about the company and what the main trends of the activity of the company are. But avoid the mistakes so many employees do: read and try to remember but do not learn it by heart because it’ll be noticeable at once. So, get to know as much as you can but be spontaneous.
3) Be calm.
Make a step forward to show that you are ready to have the interview started. Do not forget to maintain the eye contact, give an interviewer a firm handshake and a positive smile. Do not sit down before you are asked to do so. And make a point on your mental list to thank your interviewer for finding time to talk to you despite his or her busy schedule.
4)Do not sell yourself for peanuts.
Be honest during the interview when answering the questions and answer them briefly and accurately.
Be sure that your potential employer fully understands what you are and why employing you will be a good solution for the company. Remember to stay positive about your previous employer. It never makes a good impression when you speak bad of him or her as there is always a possibility you will do the same referring to your potential employer, too.
A good thing to do is to imagine you are an employer. Then think what questions you would like to ask and what qualities you will seek in your employee.
5) Be inquisitive
In case you have to face an interviewer who turns out to be the only one to ask questions, try to politely remind him that actually it is you who are supposed to speak and he is interested to know more about you.
6) Finish it
Approaching the end of the interview, make sure to check you have covered all the necessary points. Do not ask about salary. You will have plenty of time to do it when you get the job offer.
Try to sum the conversation up mentioning your strong points and thank the interviewer for their time again.
7) Follow up.
It is very important to send a thank-you note after the interview is over. Check you know who you should contact afterwards.
A lot of information is available about the process of the interview. Look through this gist:
- Schedule your interview.
- You come to the office or some other place to be interviewed by your potential employer.
- Then there is an interview itself.
- Next comes the final stage when you thank the interviewer first personally and then by means of a thank-you note.
- You get hired and discuss the details of your job offer.