The job interview is arguably the most important step towards getting a job. If you have a job interview, it means you have already passed the first round thanks to your resume and cover letter, and it is now time to show the company exactly why they must hire you. Here are seven tips to ensure you give interviewers the best impression possible.
Research the company ahead of time
With Internet access and Google available to nearly everyone in the United States, there is no excuse for not knowing about the company ahead of time. Read any articles that have been published about the company, read any content they have on their company website and social media pages, and (if they are publicly traded) look at their financial statements.
Dress for success
How you dress is the first impression you will give to your interviewer, so make sure you look your best. If you aren’t sure how you should dress, it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Practice common interview questions
While most companies will ask unique questions, there are several fairly common questions that are almost always asked. A quick Google search will help you find these, and you should have prepared answers for these before going to your interview. Even if those precise questions aren’t asked, they will prepare you for other questions as well.
Ask questions that show insight
Interviewers almost always ask the interviewee if he or she has any questions. Use the research you did on the company ahead of time to ask questions that show you have insight into the company.
Get to the interview at least 30 minutes before it is scheduled to begin
Traffic delays and getting lost are just two of the ways it can take longer than expected to get to your interview. Getting there early ensures that you have time to get a glass of water, use the restroom, make sure you look sharp, and collect your thoughts before going into the interview.
Remember that you are the product
It is important to remember that you are selling yourself during the interview. Don’t be ashamed to talk about your accomplishments; those are exactly what interviewers need to hear about to know whether you are the right candidate or not.
Remember to send a thank you email
Send a thank you email within 24 hours of the interview. Not only is this common courtesy, but it will also open up a potential channel for communication that could be useful in getting this or future job opportunities.