As unemployment continues its rollercoaster ride, many Americans are continuing to search for work, but the competition is fierce! Some people are naturals when it comes to interviews, immediately creating a bond with the interviewer and building a rapport that makes the interviewee memorable and attractive to an employer. Here are a few simple tips to have a great interview:
- Do your research.
Before your interview, visit the organization’s website. Read their most recent press releases and review what products and services they offer.
- Prepare for interview questions.
Due to the stress involved in an interview, you might not think as quickly in the moment. Make a list with some questions that might be asked and rehearse your answers. Some common questions are:
- “Can you tell me a little about yourself?”
- “Why should we hire you?”
- “What do you consider to be your weaknesses?”
- “What is your greatest professional achievement?”
- “Why are you leaving your current job?”
- Don’t be late!
Simple—but VERY important. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
- Be confident and positive.
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking even if you know the interviewer. Remember that you’re being interviewed because they saw something in you that they liked. Avoid apologizing, speak clearly and focus on showcasing what makes you the best person for the job.
- Remember that you’re interviewing them too.
Even if you’ve been searching for a job for a long time, you want to make sure it’s a good fit. You’ll spend most of your waking hours there, so take note of what’s being said and what’s not being said… Does the staff look happy? Stressed? Engaged?
- Ask good questions.
Come prepared to answer AND ask questions. Here’s a few to get you started:
- “How would you describe your management style?”
- “Is the organization involved in any charitable initiatives?”
- “What is your favorite thing about working here?”
- “Does this department experience a busy time of year? If so, when?”
- “How would you describe the organization’s corporate culture?”
- “When can I expect to hear from you about the next steps?”
- Follow up.
After the interview, send an email thanking the interviewer(s) for their time. Many people don’t take the time to do this, so it’s likely that it will help you stand out amongst the other candidates.