Tips To Nail That Interview
There are a lot of reasons why people are changing jobs nowadays. Sometimes are let go due to cutbacks. Other times, people decide to quit because they want a change in their lives or they’ve simply become tired of the same old routine day in and day out.
The thought of getting a new job can be intimidating. You may have to work in a new city, a new industry or perform tasks that you’ve never had to do before. There are a lot of things to think about when you start applying at different companies.
One of the most important parts of the job application is a good resume. You should tailor each resume that you send out for the job that you are applying for. You can find out more online about what a good resume profile looks like. There are companies that will write a quality resume for you, or you can take the time and effort to create one for yourself.
Here are a few tips that can help you nail that all-important interview:
- Make a good first impression. First impressions matter, especially in the business world. In order to have a successful job interview, you need to make a good first impression with the people who are interviewing you. Be sure to smile and shake their hand when you meet them. Feel free to make small talk before the interview begins. Dress professionally, keep a good rapport with that person and maintain eye contact throughout the interview. This shows the interview that you are serious about this opportunity. Sit up straight and use good posture. Take the time to listen to each question and respond appropriately.
- Do your homework. Before the interview, take some time to do a little research about the company. Visit their website to find out more about their products and services, as well as the position that you’re applying for. Dig a little deeper into their site to find out about any recent projects they have done, so that you can ask your interviewer relevant questions.
- Study your resume. The person interviewing you will likely ask you several questions about some of your past job experiences from your resume. Be ready to anticipate such questions by knowing everything that’s on your resume. Take the time to read through it thoroughly before the interview. You may even want to write down some responses on a notepad to bring with you to the interview.
- Be honest. You’ll probably be asked a lot of questions at the job interview. That’s okay. Just make sure that you answer each question honestly. Interviewers can usually read through nonsense and lies. Talk about examples of situations where you worked hard or made an extra effort for a customer if the situation calls for it. Personal experience stories show the interviewer a lot about your integrity and character, and they can use that information to see if you’d be a fit for the position.
- Just be yourself. It’s easy to get nervous at a job interview, but remember to be yourself. Listen to each question carefully, and take some time to think. You’ve already read the job description, so you know what qualities they are looking for. If you fit the profile, give the interviewer some good examples of why you’d be a great employee. Share some experiences that will put you in a positive light. Not every position that you interview for is a great match, so if it isn’t, recognize that and be true to yourself. The more authentic you are during an interview, the more the person interviewing can relate and build rapport with you.
- Follow up in a timely manner. Be sure to thank the person interviewing you at the end of the meeting. Be sure to follow up as soon as possible to let them know your interest. You can send a handwritten thank-you note or a brief email thanking them for their time. Taking the time to show that you appreciate them taking time out of their busy day to meet with you will keep you in the forefront of their mind as they contemplate all of the candidates for the position.
These are just some of the more important tasks that can help you gain that new position you’ve had your eyes on. Be prepared, and don’t be afraid to practice your interview with a friend or family member or at home by yourself. If you really want the job, let your confidence shine through in the interview. Approach the experience with an open mind and a positive attitude. You may just land the perfect opportunity to do work that you love.
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