It is that time of the year, when college graduates are getting discouraged, human resource departments are becoming redundant and it seems a job is as far off as the moon. Being in the business of interviewing I constantly get people asking me to help format resumes and give tips (which I’m more than happy to do) so here’s some tips to ace the next interview you go on! They might sound like common sense but believe me, a bad interview is like watching a car crash happen.
1. DO NOT stress out. Be yourself, relax, compose yourself and speak in a calm but excited tone.
2. Do research on the company before the interview. Know the mission statement, projects that the company is involved with, any information that boosts the company’s “ego”
3. Dress conservatively. Suits are never too much for a professional interview
4. Greet the employer with a handshake and smile… also be sure to be courteous to all other employees you meet, First impressions are lasting
5. Make frequent eye contact
6. Listen carefully to the questions asked. (It’s ok to ask the interviewer to restate a question if you are confused)
7. If you’ve worked before, talk about what you learned from it and specific experiences
8. Use examples of how your skills and abilities would fit the job.
9. Bring multiple copies of your resume. Most send out a confirmation email prior to the interview stating who will be in the room, but if not be sure to have AT LEAST 3 additional copies
10. At the end of the interview, leave on a good note. Reiterate your interest in the position and ask what the next in the process will be
A FOLLOW UP HAND WRITTEN NOTE WILL SET YOU APART FROM OTHER INTERVIEWEES! But at the very least send an email highlighting specific aspects of the interview!
The Thank You notes above are from Crane & Co. Opt for a simple, professional but a little fun look!