Job Interviewing Skills You Must Have
You’ve sent in your resume and now you have an interview scheduled. Congratulations! Now you need to pull yourself together and show off your abilities. Be careful and thoughtful, you don’t want to mess up any given opportunity.
Dress to Impress
The interview is your first impression for a potential employer. Even if you know the company you are interviewing with has a casual dress code, dressing conservatively is the best choice. If you don’t have a suit, dress in dark slacks and a white shirt. Men should wear a tie. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. In essence, you want to put your best foot forward and leave a good impression.
Nothing makes an interviewer more annoyed than having to wait for you to arrive to your interview. Don’t just be on time, be early. Give yourself enough time to get lost or need to look for parking. Also, remember that you are likely going to be asked to complete an application and paperwork, so give yourself extra time to finish any paperwork.
Remember Your Manners
Learn the name of your interviewer before you begin the interview. Greet them cordially and with a firm handshake. Remember to call them by name while you talk to them – this is a sales technique that actually works. Be polite. Say “please” and “thank you.” Use proper English instead of slang.
Remember that a good percentage of communication is body language. Sit up straight and keep your legs and arms uncrossed. Keep yourself relaxed and calm by breathing slowly and relaxing the muscles in your face and body. Lean forward slightly to show you are interested in what the interviewer is saying. Smile – a smile goes a long way toward connecting with the interviewer and presenting yourself as likeable and personable.
Learn about the company before the interview. Look up their company web page and find out the company history and what is important to them. Think of questions that apply to the job you are applying for and relate to what you know about the company.
Think about questions that you might be asked and have answers prepared in advance. For example, be prepared to concisely describe your employment history and accomplishments. Be prepared to answer broad questions like, “why should I hire you,” or “tell me what your strengths and weakness are.”
Bring any documents you might need with you. This includes a copy of your resume, your social security card, your drivers licence or government identification, references and a copy of your college and research papers, work transcripts, etc.
Once you have completed the interview, send a quick thank you note to your interviewer. Make sure to thank them for their time and indicate your interest and enthusiasm for the position.
The interview is your opportunity to shine when looking for a job. Remember that the competition is fierce and it’s up to you to put your best foot forward when meeting with a potential employer.