When you sit down for an interview, you usually contact one of three people: the line manager, the hiring manager for company-wide employment, or an external hiring manager to contact on your behalf. The hiring company interviewed where you work. In start-ups and very small companies, the founder or CEO may have a direct interview. With proper preparation and solid communication skills, you can master this part of the hiring process.
Here are some interview tips for job seekers looking for a successful interview.
- Do your research - Most interview questions are about you, but many are about how you fit into the organization and its culture. A simple internet search for the company you are applying for can give you the information you need to make a good first impression. Make sure you have a complete understanding of the job description of the position you are interviewing. Prepare one version of the question "Why do you want to work here?"
- Dress appropriately - You can probably get an idea of a company dress code before your interview. Do your best to dress, since it reflects your perception of corporate culture. For example, a tailored suit or a formal attire may be suitable for an interview.
- Be honest - No one is perfect. The person interviewing you understands that you are human like anyone else. One of the most common interview questions is to ask candidates to identify their greatest weaknesses. Be honest when asked about it. However, be aware of the weaknesses that suggest that you are not working well with others or adapting to your company's culture. If these are legitimate issues you are facing, you need to work on improving them before going to the interview.
- Body Language Matters - You tell a lot in the way you carry yourself. Sitting straight and making eye contact conveys confidence. When you lean forward, you know that you are interested in the person you are talking to. But if you look down, tweet, or fidget, it's an indication that you're lacking full commitment.
- Ask Questions - The interviewer's final question could be something like "Do you have a question for me?" If you have a chance, grab it. Bring a list of questions and ask when prompted or write down some questions during the chat. These questions should not be aimed at breaking the company apart. You should show real interest in the company, its business model, and the potential employment opportunities in front of you.
- Follow-up - If you want to make your impression last longer, simply send a thank-you email. A few sentences are enough. The mere act of sending a message shows that you are careful and grateful.
By applying these rules, you put yourself in a great position to elevate yourself among other good candidates and push toward winning a job. But even if you bomb an interview, think of it as a learning experience. After all, opportunities missed in one interview can lead to opportunities seized in your next interview.