After you have successfully mastered cover letter, resumes, and job applications and you start receiving callbacks to interview; you need to understand and prepare for the final stage of the job searching process – the interview.
Regardless of the your interviewer or the level of job you are pursuing, all job interviews can be approached in the same way. Here are a few interview tips that can help you land your dream job.
- Enter and conduct yourself in the interview with an attitude that shows you want to be work for the company.
- Walk in to the interview with confidence and a positive attitude with an end-goal of landing the job.
- Listen to your interviewers questions and offer simple and concise and concise answers. Always meet the need of the interviewer.
- Have a short, medium, and long-term career plan prepared to answer what your career goals over the next 5 years.
- The most sought after personal characteristics interviewers are looking for, regardless of the job position, are self-confident, optimistic, energetic, passionate and engaging people.
- Stay focused during the job interview and do not drift between topics. Staying focused and engaged will allow your brain to avoid focusing on nervousness which can hurt your interview.
- Employers are looking for leaders and who are able to solve problems, selfless, place the company first, and team players.
- Be aware of your body language and voice tone. The vast majority of interviewee’s who showed consistent vocal tone and maintained fluid body movements, persuaded their interviewers when it comes to company fit and competency.
- Never second guess yourself when answering questions. Explain things in a thorough, honest and positive manner.
- Respect and adapt to the interviewer’s style. Some interviewers just want straight answers while others like to have more of a conversation.
- Don’t take the interviewer’s conduct and style personally.
- At the end of the interview, remember to thank your interviewer for their time. Follow up with an email and thank the interviewer and if required include some note and thoughts you have the interview.
- Be sincere and find a compliment or two to say about the company.
In the end, succeeding in job interviews takes research, practice, and persistence. The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in obtaining job offers.