The Fundamentals of a Great Interview
Interviewing is tough and being well-prepared can make all the difference. An interview is the opportunity for you to make the connections between your skills and the position, demonstrate your interest in the organization and give the employer the opportunity to get to know you. Remember, employers hire people, not resumes.
Let’s cover a few interviewing tips to help you succeed:
1) Be on time – Nothing sends the wrong signal to an employer when you are late. Regardless of the reason, if you are late for an initial interview, the genie is out of the bottle and it can be near impossible to put it back in. Unfamiliar with the location of your interview? Unsure about parking availability? Do some research; drive or travel to the location ahead of the interview and scope out the area. Weather? Allow time to ensure your promptness. Do not risk being late.
2) Dress appropriately – When in doubt, dress in business attire. Clean, unwrinkled tops/bottoms. Shoes shined – well coiffed. Regardless of the role – there is too much at stake for you to not be taken seriously. Recently, I had a young man get off the elevator on our floor for an interview in a track suit. I knew that instant that there was no way he was going to be offered a position at our company. He was sending the subliminal message that he was not taking things seriously, so the employer did not take him seriously, regardless of the fact that he was extremely talented.
3) Do your homework – no one expects you to be an expert on the company you are interviewing for, however, it would behoove you to at least have some elementary understanding of what the company’s business is and how they do it. Again, in doing so you are sending the message that you’ve taken the time to express to the employer you are serious. I do not recommend coming in and rattling off company financials you got off of Google. Often the interview him/herself is not even up to speed on this data and it really does not score any points with anyone you may encounter. Just express a general knowledge of the business, and the position that you are applying for.
These are three basic tips that will help you impress any future employer. If you’re looking for a more in-depth look into how you can give the best interview possible, contact me for a consultation.