So you’re looking for a new job. Has it been a while since you’ve been in an interview? Are you a little nervous and just want to feel more confident before the big day? Or do you simply need quick tips to help you stay competitive in the process? Whatever the reason, it’s a good sign that you’re taking the time to read this post. This means that you are probably serious about the potential job. Read the following tips and keep in mind that there are always deciding factors that you may not see or understand. Even if you’re a rock star in the interview, you may not get the call back. It’s just how it works out sometimes. Try to stay positive and see each interview as an opportunity to learn.
Let’s assume that you’ve already gotten the interview. Congratulations! This means that you have met the job duties for the position and have a shot at landing the job you want. This is an accomplishment in itself. Hundreds of people never even make it this far. So give yourself a pat on the back.
Now it’s time to get prepared.
- Do your research. Find out about the company. It always helps to know what’s going on at the company you’re interviewing at. You might find opportunities to mention what’s happening. Check out their Facebook and LinkedIn Do a web search on them and see what news releases they might have written. At a minimum, visit their website and understand their mission and basic company values before you meet them in person.
- Come prepared with enough copies of your current resume (the number of people that are interviewing you, plus one). Bring a list of five questions you have for them about their company. Be sure to include at least two questions that you know will not automatically be answered in the interview. Consider bringing a nice neutral portfolio with a notepad inside to take notes or write down questions you may have along the way.
- Dress to impress! The general rule is to dress one step above the position in which you are applying for. For example, if your position requires jeans and a nice shirt, wear something a bit more formal like black pants and a button up top. Limit the jewelry and makeup you wear, as it can be distracting in an interview.
- Remember to turn off your phone before the interview. You might be surprised to know how many people forget this important step.
- Practice makes perfect. Practice your interview skills with a friend or family member before you go into the actual business. Make a list of questions and have the other person read them off to you. Ask them for advice or tips about how you answered the questions. Ask your mock interviewee to ask you questions you may not have thought of yourself. Do this as many times as you see necessary without making yourself too nervous for the actual interview.
- Drive out to the location before the day of the interview. Many people think they know where the building is or try to calculate the timing just right, and fail. It’s always helpful to make the drive prior to the interview day. Consider doing it around the exact time in which you will have the interview.
There are many tips we can give you for the interview. But the most important thing is to remember to be prepared, be yourself and try not to be nervous. Remember that every interview is an opportunity to practice, learn and grown. Good luck!
EMS, Inc. is currently hiring for several positions – some that have hiring bonus opportunities. Apply online through our website today. We’d love to see you in an interview soon!