Job hunting has grown increasingly stressful. Gone are the days of getting hired on the spot. Now there is an entire screening process that includes: submitting a resume and/or cover letter online, phone interview, virtual interview, and then finally the in-person interview. All of which, after completion, you may still walk away without an offer. Sounds exhausting, right?
However, do not be intimidated by the process. To cut the stress, re-frame the interview as your opportunity to show them why you are the perfect for the role. If you arrive prepared l, you will have more confidence.
Below are 5 quick tips to help you survive the in-person job interview. But these can also be applied to your phone interview and virtual interview (if required).
1. Always arrive 10-15 minutes early for your interview (no matter the format).
Punctuality shows initiative. It conveys to the recruiter that you value your time. You would be surprised how many potential candidates flub this small detail. Be the candidate that gets it right. Even if you’re not the most qualified having refined people skills can help you land any offer. Just remember, arriving early is being on time.
2. Dress to Impress.
Men you should wear suits to your interviews. Ladies you should wear a pant suit or a skirt and blazer. If you do wear a dress make sure it is a dark color and does not go above the knee when sitting down.
Your outfit does not have to be costly. It just needs to be neat and clean. All that matters is that the recruiter recognizes that you take pride in how you present yourself.
3. Research the company.
Research the company you are interviewing with. Know their values and what they are looking for in the perfect candidate. Read over the job description and look for keywords. For example, like, “sales experience” and “experience working with children”. During the interview make sure to mention your qualifications related to the job you have applied for. Have examples already prepared of what you contributed or learned at earlier employers so that you can answer interview questions related to your background. Thus, further proving to the recruiter why you are perfect for the job they are offering.
For example, if you were interviewing for a role in sales, you might say something like,” During my last job I greeted customers as soon as they walked through the door and educated them on current sales. By doing this we boosted our sales each day by $1000.” Make sure everything you is a benefit for the company you’re interviewing with.
Additionally, always bring 2-4 copies of your resume with you to the interview. For a phone or virtual interview ensure your resume is within reach if you stumble while discussing your work history. Do not read from the resume word for word. Instead use it as a reference point to get back on track.
4. Don’t be nervous.
Confidence is key, especially if you are interviewing for a role in leadership. We all start somewhere. Always remember that the person interviewing you was once in your same shoes. Nervousness can be interpreted by the interviewer as a negative sign. Do your best to speak with confidence, walk with confidence, and communicate calmly and effectively.
5. Be an active listener.
Stay engaged and keep up eye contact. Smile and ask questions once the interview is over. Ask at least two follow-up questions, such as:
Example Question # 1: When can I expect a follow-up about my interview?
Example question #2: What qualities are you looking for in the ideal candidate?
Let’s continue this conversation in the comments. What do you feel is your biggest obstacle with job hunting? Your answer may inspire insight in someone.