Most of us get the jitters during the interview which causes us to freeze or not do as well as we would’ve wanted. Here are 10 tips to help you leave a great impression with your potential employer:
- Research the Company! Do not forget to do your homework before an interview. Learn about the Company’s history, culture, competition, plans for the future. This will most likely help you create questions when it’s your turn to ask.
- Review your resume and make sure you can explain any gaps of employment or why you only worked at a company for less than two years…etc.
- Be prepared to answer the open ended question “Tell me about yourself” with the most impressive facts about you! Here’s an example:
“My passion is marketing and events. I have been in these industries for over seven years. I graduated from Washington State University with a 3.3 GPA. I have always been a multi-tasker and an over achiever. In college, I earned numerous awards such as The President’s Award, Excellent Team Leader, and School of Business Most Successful Student. I am currently a Public Relations Commissioner for the City of Carson, Board Member of Social Impact Productions Crew and a member of other organizations in the community…. Etc…”
4. Prepare your best suit! Black or Navy suit with white buttoned up blouse/top/shirt. Don’t wear stilettos, instead, wear closed toe low heeled pair of shoes. For men, make sure you shine your shoes!
5. Make sure your hair is neat and clean. Don’t wear too much make up.
6. During your interview, sit up and forward! This shows you are paying attention.
7. Be gregarious and bubbly.
8. Be confident with your answers. Don’t look up in the ceiling to think. Speak slowly to give yourself time to think.
9. Ask questions! Never say you don’t have any questions! Here are a few questions you can start with:
What do you love about this company?
What happened to the person who used to be in the position I am interviewing for now?
What type of training will be offered if I am chose to work here?
What room is there for growth?
What were the successes of the person who used to hold this position?
10. After the interview is done, take the time to write a Thank You note. Decide if it seems like your interviewer would appreciate a written note or will an email do?