1. do your pre-interview research
before going into an interview, do the proper research. study up on good posture and non-verbal communication. find out a bit about the business with which you are interviewing. learn what you can about the industry and use the information you prepare yourself with to demonstrate confidence and apkit ;)ude during your interview.
2. anticipate possible questions and have answers ready
during an interview, there are very predictable questions that get asked. preparing yourself with the best possible answers to those questions will give you an edge over unprepared candidates that may get caught up on a more insightful question that doesn’t have a clear answer. being confident is key, so practice your answers and deliver them without hesitation or question!
3. practice in front of a mirror
while you may be a good public speaker, the best preparation for a one on one interview is still practicing in front of a mirror. seeing yourself experience emotions and respond to things while practicing your interview in a mirror gives you unique insight into what you’ll look like during your interview. the key here is to learn how to sit, how to smile and how to use your non-verbal communication in the most effective way.
4. be punctual
if you have been scheduled on an interview, don’t be late. in fact, don’t even be on time. be early. if you are not at least 10 -15 minutes early to your interview, you’ll be up against candidates who were that early. it will look better to potential employers if you show that you’re organized and punctual. at the same time, avoid being 20 or more minutes early, because then it looks like you’ve got nothing better to do than wait.
5. wear appropriate dress and exude confidence
when dressing for your interview, keep in mind what position that you’re interviewing for and who you’ll be interviewing with – it is appropriate to dress nicely regardless of the position, but you don’t want to look like will ferrell in step brothers, dressed in tuxedos for a filing clerk position. formal dress is recommended for office setting job interviews, especially when interviewing for higher, corporate hierarchy positions.
6. first impressions last
when walking into an interview, make direct eye contact with the receptionist and anyone else in the room. greet them warmly with a smile and introduce yourself first to the receptionist. state your reason for being there and ask for your interviewer by name. in most cases, the interviewer won’t be immediately ready for you so introduce yourself to the other applicants. this shows great personality and networking skills.
7. be friendly to everyone
being friendly to everyone is a continuation of making a good first impression: once you establish the rapport – keep it and build it! friendly doesn’t have to mean that you’re necessarily making friends, either. it may come off as forward to get too casual during a first interview, so stick with small talk like weather, sports and similar topics.
8. study the company and the market
in addition to the preparation that aught to be done before an interview, you should do some more intense preparation by looking over whatever financial information and corporate news releases you can find concerning the company for which you are applying. in addition, research the compekit ;)ion and the similar industries biggest companies. knowing the market from an inside perspective will make you appeal to the higher-up’s of the company.
9. gather info on multiple companies
studying the competition is key. don’t just settle for the next biggest competitor in the market – know at least 3 to 5 businesses that directly compete with the business you want a job with, also know any current events regarding said companies, and their stock prices. having a breadth of information about competition makes you valuable as an employee.
10. come with your resume and know it inside out
your resume is your greatest tool in quickly conveying your strengths, experiences and training. if a resume is more than a page long, consider trimming it and streamlining its’ design. it’s important that an employer is able to glance at a page and quickly get an idea of what you’ve done and what you do. in addition to having a well written resume, it’s essential that you know your resume well enough to confirm start and end dates for previous jobs. this shows that you take yourself and your potential contributions to the company seriously.
as simple as this sounds, just smile during your interview. it is contagious and it shows that you are comfortable with the interviewer and interview process. if you are notably nervous, it can speak volumes about your preparedness for the position. smile and be friendly regardless of your nerves – it will tremendously improve your first impression and the overall feel of your interview.
12. engage in small talk
small talk is easy and essential: talk about the weather or sports for the two most accessible and non-threatening small talk topics. it can bode badly for someone trying to get a job if politics and sensitive topics are touched on during casual conversation. remain pleasant but cordial and you’ll nail the appropriate tone necessary for an interview.
13. look directly into their eyes
interviewing with one person is easy when it comes to eye contact – just look the other person in the eyes! granted, it’s not polite to be creepy by staring into the interviewer’s eyes the entire time, but making friendly and comfortable eye contact is essential to a good interview. when there are several interviewers, make sure to alternate eye contact between them and pay especially close attention to whoever is speaking, while they’re doing so.
14. listen attentively
listening is the most important skill you can have in business or life. if you are unable to hear and process what others say, they are going to be less likely to care or invest in what you have to say. good listening means absorbing what is being said, being responsive, potentially taking notes, and recapping the other person’s point before addressing every aspect of what was said.