Success-In-Job-Interview-Tips1You’ve been on the hunt for a job for months now and you’ve just landed an interview. What are you going to do to prepare for that interview?  Below I have shared a few of the simplest tips that anyone can do and that are so important for making a lasting impression.

  • Do your research on the company.  Be sure to fully understand what  the company does and what their mission and philosophy is. You don’t need to be an expert, but you want to have an understanding of what they do so you can answer the questions and sound engaged and interested.
  • Dress for success! It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed for an interview. If you want to be seen   as a professional, dress the part!
  • Plan ahead and know where you’re going so you’re not late. That’s also one less thing you need to be nervous about if you plan ahead. Make sure you leave yourself 10-15 minutes of extra time in case traffic is bad or you run into construction on your way. Show up on time and don’t be more than 10 minutes early for your interview. The interviewer has scheduled time for you and is not expecting you until that time.  Sit in your car for a few minutes if you have to.
  • Bring a copy of your resume, references and a note pad. If the interviewer would like your references they will ask you for them. You will be ready when they ask. Feel free to take notes which will be helpful when you’re writing your thank you note. Just don’t ask the interviewer to slow down so you can write something down.
  • Be confident, not cocky.  Be sure to make eye contact with the person(s) you’re interviewing with. Remember to smile. Give a good firm handshake, gender does not matter- thumb to thumb, web to web, 2 pumps! You might want to practice this. A good handshake goes a long way!
  • Know your strengths and focus on them. Interviewing is not comfortable. Don’t focus on being uncomfortable and feeling nervous. Focus on your strengths, experience and abilities. You have a limited time to tell them what you can bring to the company so use it wisely. DO NOT bash your old boss or bring up drama from a previous job.
  • Answer the interviewer’s questions and stay on topic. Don’t go on and on. Be precise and concise. Be okay with silence. Sometimes the interviewer needs a moment to gather their thoughts and jot down notes. Don’t fill those moments with rambling.
  • Always have 2-3 good questions to ask the interviewer when they ask you if you have any questions. This is not your time to turn the interview on the interviewer, but it is the time to show you’re interested in the position and the company. Jot your questions in a note pad so you’re ready to ask away when they open it up for questions. Make sure you don’t ask questions about what the company can do for you; the focus should still be on learning more about the company so you can help them.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time, shake their hand and smile.
  • Send a thank you note as soon as you get back from the interview. If you feel you did not answer something adequately you can address it in the thank you note. Taking the time to send a thank you note in the mail shows respect and appreciation for the interviewers’ time.

Sit back and relax because if you did all of the above you most likely nailed the interview and can be expecting a job offer in the near future!