Tips for a Successful Job Interview
Tis the season for summer jobs, internships and maybe a change of work environment. Whatever the case may be, these tips on nailing a job interview are sure to set you up for success!
I’m a big fan of non-verbal communication. A lot can be said with how you stand, how you shake hands, and how you make eye contact. Demonstrate confidence in all these areas. Stand up straight, have a good solid handshake and maintain casual eye contact throughout the interview.
It’s true what they say, first impressions are lasting impressions. Remember you want to impress, so look professional and well-groomed. Do some research beforehand and check out their office dress code.
Once you’ve settled down and finished the small talk, pay close attention to your interviewer, typically they give you information in their line of questioning, whether directly or indirectly. Make sure to match his/her style and pace of conversation.
When an interviewer asks you for an example of a time when you did something, he is giving you the opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills. Take this as a chance to shine and highlight your unique skillset.
When responding don’t ramble - be precise and concise. Being able to do so takes preparation, therefore, make the time and re-read through the job posting and description and review how you can match your skills to the skills required for the position.
Pay close attention to your choice of words. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation as these topics could end the interview quickly.
Remember there is a fine balance between overconfidence and confidence, which can often be misinterpreted as cocky. Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. As the interviewer, I find calm, collected and composed candidates who are able to show me their personality always return for a second interview.
Towards the end of the interview you may be given the opportunity to ask questions. Do it! Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions to demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. This is also a great chance for you to see if this job is a good fit for you. Some of the best questions come from listening to what you're asked during the interview and asking for additional information.
After the interview, follow up with an email or a personal hand written card thanking the interviewer for his or her time and consideration.