There’s an old saying that “luck favors the prepared.” And this is especially true where interviews are concerned. I’ve interviewed for multiple positions throughout my career, and as a recruiter I’ve been the interviewer more times than I could ever count. Through both sides of the interview table I have sat through interviews that went extremely well, and ones that I’d rather forget.
Based on my experience I’ve compiled five tips to help you prepare for your next interview that will leave you confident, focused and ready to land that job.
If you are an overly expressive talker such as myself and love hand gestures like I do, make a conscious effort to tone it down during the interview. It can be very distracting to the interviewer. On that same note be aware of your body language. Smile and sit up straight!
Ask good questions.
At the end of the interview you will almost always be asked, “Do you have any questions?” Always, always, always have at least two well thought out questions prepared... Did I say Always? Like seriously girls, this is not optional! Good questions show genuine interest in the position you’re interviewing for.
Master the “about myself” statement
This is where so many people go wrong. Have a great professional about me statement prepared. A good statement will give a brief summary of your resume and accomplishments. It’s not a dating profile, avoid any personal statements that can open you up for possible discrimination.
Know your audience.
For goodness sake girls take a few minutes to do your homework. Know about the company and what it is that they do.
Dress for the job that you want.
This is a job interview, not a date. Keep it classy, keep it professional and keep it neat! Unless you are applying to work at a super trendy tech start up company with a casual environment I always advise to dress up. Its better to be over dressed than under dressed where an interview is concerned.