Interviewing can be a challenge for many people, especially those with little experience or years have passed since they’ve changed jobs. This is why we’ve come up with our top interview tips to help you land your dream job, whether you’re right out of college and it’s your first time interviewing or you’re a veteran looking to refresh your memory.
Prepare for the interview by researching the company. If you’re working with staffing agencies or recruiting agencies, ask them for information about the company. Visit the company’s website, LinkedIn page and recent news articles on Google. This way you’ll understand the current projects they’re working on and you’ll be able to mention the ways your skillsets and accomplishments can contribute to them. Before going in to the interview, pick a few examples with stories to show how your strengths can provide value to the company. Many candidates assume that just listing their previous experience will get them their dream job, but what the interviewer really cares about is how this applies to their business. It’s up to you as the interviewee to make it easy for the company to understand this connection.
Dress to impress. As they say, dress for the job you want not the job you have. If you’re looking to move up the career ladder or even just applying for your first job, make it as easy as possible for your future employer to envision you in the position. Even if you’re meeting with staffing agencies and recruiting agencies, show them you’re serious and make it easy for them to present you to their clients. Dress codes are rapidly becoming more relaxed across the board, but first impressions still matter and the way you dress says a lot about you and your work. Wrinkly clothes? The employer might assume you don’t pay attention to details. Shorts and flip-flops? The employer might think you aren’t seriously looking for a career. The company may later tell you that the dress code is casual, but for your first meeting we recommend you looking sharp and well put-together.
Show genuine enthusiasm for the work. Employers want people who genuinely want to be there and like being in the company of their co-workers. Employers usually can sniff out fake enthusiasm from a mile away. Even recruiting agencies and staffing agencies can sense this. Research as much as you possibly can about the company using the internet to make sure it’s the right fit for what you’re looking for. If you land the job, you’ll be spending most of your days alongside your co-workers. This is why most companies also look cultural fits besides purely technical skills. Employers need to be able to imagine you working together on a daily basis. The more information you gather about a company, the more you’ll understand how your skills can be immediately applied and the more your genuine enthusiasm about the work will shine through.
Come up with a few follow-up questions to ask at the end of the interview. Typically, an employer will ask if you have any questions. We recommend asking about relevant company projects and recent company events. Examples are asking about a recent article about the company you found online or specific information you found on their website? This shows you’ve spent time researching the job and you’re serious about bringing value to the company. This are unique questions that will separate you from many of the standard questions that other candidates ask. We do want to point out that you should save your questions about benefits or vacation or a later time.
Our tips will help you stand out from the crowd and make the best impression any employer or any staffing agencies and recruiting agencies you’re working with. The more you practice, even with real interviewers, the better you’ll get. By researching the company and showing how your skills can provide value, you’ll be seen as a unique candidate and have the best shot of landing the job you’ve been looking for.
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