Have you just landed a job interview? Congratulations to you for taking the next step in your career! Initiative, motivation, continued learning and perseverance are key components in advancing in our profession. You are either excited about the upcoming interview or are a bundle of nerves. Whether you are interviewing for a new position with your current employer or are seeking a position at a new firm all together, the same strategies apply for successful interviewing. Follow these recommendations from the professional headhunters and human resources executives and you’ll not only be prepared for the interview, but chances are you’ll walk away with an offer. Be aware of the fact that you most likely were given the opportunity to interview because your skill set and experiences match the requirements for the position. Don’t succumb to the insecurity of wondering whether or not you’re qualified. It’s also important to remember that the interview is a two way street. Not only is it an opportunity for the hiring manager to gage your character, drive and articulation, but it is also an opportunity for you to determine if this is a position that meets your interests to further your career and if the department or company espouses a culture in which you would be comfortable working.
Preparation is the key to successful interviewing. It is so important to research the hiring company, its products and services as well as values and mission. Do you have experience in the industry or does your skill set lie within the parameters of the job description? Either could have been the key to securing the interview. Start by thoroughly reading the company’s website. Understand the product offerings, client strategies and information provided on the website. Spend time on your professional networking website to determine if you have contacts within the company or industry that could provide valuable insight to your research. During this period of research, you will no doubt develop questions for the hiring manager about the company. Prepare a list of questions for the interview and ask them of the hiring manager at the appropriate time. The hiring manager will most likely have expectations that you have indeed researched the company as well as the position and have questions of your own.
At the actual interview, you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Put your best foot forward the moment you walk in the building. The most important thing to wear to an interview is a quiet self-confidence and genuine smile. Professional attire is a must. This shows respect for the company, the hiring manager and yourself. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a quality, well-tailored suit. Solid, muted colors are your best option. Leave the loud prints and bling for the weekends. Tone down make-up and hair styles. Greet the hiring manager with a firm hand shake, eye contact and a genuine smile. Listen, ask questions and be honest throughout the interview. Send a handwritten thank you note after the interview thanking the hiring manager for their time and reiterating your interest in the position. Best of luck to you!