Here are some job interview tips that can help you interview effectively. Proper preparation will help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews and position you for a positive and successful interviewing experience.
Practice and Prepare
Review the typical job interview questions employers ask, and practice your answers. Strong answers are those that are specific and back up your resume. Your answers should also emphasize the skills that are most important to the employer and relevant to the position. Be sure to review the job listing, make a list of the requirements, and match then to your own experience. Listen carefully during your interview in order to ensure your responses give the interviewer the information they are looking for. Also, have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready. It is important to have at least one or two questions prepared in order to demonstrate your interest in the organization.
Research the Company, and Show What You Know
Do your homework and research the employer and the industry, so you are ready for the interview question, “What do you know about this company? You should be able to find out a lot of information about the company’s history, mission and values, staff, culture, and recent successes on its website. If the company has a blog and a social media presence, they can be useful places to look, too.
Develop a Connection with the Interviewer
In addition to indicating what you know about the company, you should also try to develop a connection with your interviewer. Know the interviewer’s name, and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Building rapport can up your chances of getting hired. People tend to hire candidates they like.
Get Ready Ahead of Time
Pick out an interview outfit, print extra copies of your resume, and have a notepad and pen the night before. Make sure your attire is neat, tidy, and appropriate for the type of firm with whom you are interviewing.
Be On Time (That Means Early)
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Take into account the time of your interview so you can adjust for local traffic patterns at that time.
Try to Stay Calm
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence. As you answer questions, maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Be sure to pay attention to the question so that you don’t forget it, and listen to the entire question before you answer. If you need to take a moment to think about your answer, that’s totally fine, and is a better option than starting out with multiple “ums” or “uhs.”
Follow-Up After the Interview
Always follow up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you interview with multiple people from the same company, send each one a personal note. Send your thank-you email within 24 hours of your interview.
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You can view the full original article by Alison Doyle / The Balance Careers, at: www.thebalancecareers.com/top-interview-tips-2058577