Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances when you finally land that interview. Below you will find some helpful hints that will better prepare you to land your dream job.
One of the biggest things you should prepare for is the company itself. The brother-in-law of one of our employees went on an interview with a pretty big pharmaceutical company but didn’t research the company prior to his interview. During the interview, they asked him what he knew about the company. “Not too much," was his response. “I know your company makes different medications,” he added. At that moment the interview was technically over. He basically shot himself in the foot by not knowing the basics of the company he was interviewing with. We are not saying that you need to know everything about the company. That is unnecessary since you don’t want to overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job. Instead, pay attention to the demeanor of the interviewer and their energy and enthusiasm.
Be prepared to ask questions. At every interview, you will be asked, “Do you have any questions?” Do not say no! Asking questions demonstrates your interest in what goes on in the company. This part of the interview gives you an opportunity to see if the company is a right fit for you. When you’re being asked certain things during the interview, keep them in mind for when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions. You can go back and ask more clarifying questions based on their initial interview questions. Being able to ask follow-up questions of things that had been previously discussed also displays your communication skills. Being able to listen and letting the person know you understood what was said is a major part of the interview process.
You can take yourself out of a job by talking too much during an interview. Be prepared, answer what is asked of you, and ask questions. If you’re not prepared, you can very easily start rambling on and talk yourself out of a position. Prepare for the interview by reading through the company web site and the job posting.
Dress appropriately! We are not saying to make sure your shirt is pressed. We’re saying wear a suit! One of our employees went on an interview with a very laid back company. Most of the people in the company were wearing shorts and flip flops, but that didn’t stop him from wearing a suit to both of his interviews. It is important to look professional.
The last thing we want to touch upon is not appearing desperate. Hiring managers don’t want someone who seems desperate for a job. They want someone who is cool, calm, and confident in their ability. If you know you can do the job, then believe in yourself and the interviewer will also believe in you.
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