So, you got an interview for the job you have had your eye on for a while. Good for you! You made it past the resume process and now the only thing standing in between you and your dream job is the interview. Here, I have compiled a couple classic do’s and don’ts to keep in mind during the interview process. Let’s get you that job!
- Review Interview Questions!
Be prepared as best as you can for your future interview! Look up some common interview questions and have a friend go through them with you. Glassdoor.com is a website where you can get insider tips and tricks on the company, and specific questions your company may ask you during the interview. Check it out and be prepared!
- Research the Company!
Most companies and employers will have their “mission statement”, “who we are”, or “about” section on their website. Be sure to review what kind of company you are interviewing for. Poke around on their website and become informed about your potential new employer!
- Ask Questions!
At the end of the interview, you will most likely get the question “So, do you have any questions for us?” Take this opportunity to ask some questions that may have arisen while researching their company! Employers love when potential employees ask questions at the end of the interview, because it shows that you are interested, care, and did a bit of research on the company yourself.
- Be late!
It is best to arrive on time, if not a couple minutes early. You don’t want to start off the interview on a sour note. Being on time is a simple way to start the interview off on the right foot! If you can, arrive at the agreed location 10-15 minutes early. This will give you time to find the specific location, and gather yourself before you jump into wowing your potential new employer.
- Be fidgety!
Chewing gum, twirling your hair, or being fidgety can be distracting. Slouching and yawning can show disinterest as well. You want to show your potential new employer that you are very excited about the job. Being interviewed can be a nerve-wracking experience, but the more confidence you exhibit, the more confident you’ll be.
- Be afraid to follow up!
Sending a thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview can take you above and beyond in the interviewer’s eyes. Write an email, or a letter, expressing your gratitude and reaffirming your interest in the company. Expressing sincere appreciation will remind the interviewer of your killer interview.
So now that you know a couple do’s and don’ts to the interview process, go get your dream job! Wow your potential new employers, exhibit confidence, and become an interview genius.