“We’d like to bring you in for an interview…”
That statement has the power to evoke both excitement and terror in the same breath. Interviews are wonderful in that they are the gateway to new opportunities, and vomit-inducing because of the high stakes that go along with them. But if you can manage to push the nerves aside and follow these 5 tips, you will be on the path to interview success.
1. Do your research. We know, you’ve heard this one before. But really, please, dig deep. Google is a beautiful tool – use it! It will spew facts (and fiction) at you for days, so take everything that you read with a grain of salt, and always consider the source. Glassdoor is another great resource if you are looking for salary information and reviews from current or former employees. So go crazy, learn a thing or two about the company you are interviewing with, and blow them away when they ask what you know about them. Plus, as you research you’ll be able to better assess if the company is a good fit for you. If you are passionate about social responsibility, but there is nothing listed about that on the company’s website, then you’ll know to ask them about it during the interview. Ideally, you’ll be able to rattle off information about the company as if you had founded it yourself.
2. Dress the part. Notice that it doesn’t read “wear a suit.” In today’s job market, wearing a suit isn’t always the best option. We have a rule here at Conexess that you should always dress at or above the level of the person with whom you’re meeting. If they wear jeans in their office, wear jeans. If they wear suits in their office, wear a suit. That being said, dressing to impress will never let you down – always better to be overdressed than under-dressed!
3. Re-familiarize yourself with your resume. The interviewers will ask you to expand on the information that is listed on your resume. If it has been a few years since you looked for a job, make sure that your resume is up-to-date and that you’ve spent time reviewing the information to ensure that it is still relevant.
4. Be on time!! Showing up late for an interview, regardless of the excuse, is the equivalent of showing up late for your own wedding. Okay that’s a little bit dramatic, but being late makes you come off as rude, nonchalant, and unprepared. Unless you’re intentionally trying to bomb the interview (don’t do that), you won’t want to embody any of those negative characteristics. So be on time, early even, and start the interview off on the right foot.
5. Use your manners. Always always always write a thank you note after the interview. Even if you thought it was a total trainwreck, even if the guy who interviewed you was a jerk, even if you no longer want the position – write a thank you note. It’s the polite thing to do, and will leave the interviewers with a positive impression.
Regardless of the outcome of your interview, following these steps will ensure that you walk out of the interview with your head held high, knowing that you gave it your best shot. And at the end of the day, what more can you really ask for?
What interview tips do you have to share? Leave one in a comment below, and check out this post for a list of Interview Dos and Don’ts 🙂