Job searching can be exhausting, frustrating, and tiresome. And even after you land an interview, the hard work doesn’t stop there.
That’s because you need to ace the interview! Below are 10 tips for showing the interviewer that you’re confident and that you’re the right person for the job:
#1—Do your homework.
Research the company and its industry. The more knowledgeable you are about the company, the more prepared and confident you’ll seem. The interviewer will be impressed, and you’ll show that you are truly interested in the position and the business.
#2—Dress to impress.
It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Assume that “business professional” is the standard, and always err on the side of being conservative. Ladies, don’t wear too much makeup or jewelry. The natural look is best because you don’t want to distract the interviewer from the strengths you bring to the job.
#3—Make a good first impression.
Shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, smile, and introduce yourself. A bad first impression is difficult to overcome, so start with a good first impression instead. It’s important to be friendly and conversational from the beginning.
#4—Show, don’t tell.
Stand out from the crowd by using stories to illustrate your previous successes. Emphasize your strengths. It’s important to tie previous work experience to the position for which you’re interviewing. You’ve gained certain skills that translate, so make sure that you articulate them well.
Don’t try to “fudge” your way through anything. They’ll find out that you aren’t being honest sooner or later. It’s better for both parties if you’re upfront about your career goals, your qualifications, and what you’re looking for.
#6—Know your answers to tough questions.
“What’s your weakness?” “Tell me a little about yourself.” “Why should we hire you?” These common interview questions can be difficult to answer, so be prepared. Take your weakness and show them how you’ve been working to improve yourself.
#7—Avoid bad body language.
Fidgeting, playing with your hair, tapping your foot, etc. can all be very distracting. If you tend have a nervous habit, work on staying relaxed and calm. Pull your hair back, fold your hands in your lap, and hope that you aren’t in a swivel chair.
What do you want to know about the position and the company? Interviews aren’t just for seeing if you’re a good fit for the job. They’re also an opportune time to figure out if this job is what you want. Have some questions prepared, and pay attention and formulate additional questions during the interview. This will also show that you’re interested in the company and are proactive.
#9—Put a smile on.
This is an easy one! The interviewer will be more inclined to like you, and you’ll seem more enthusiastic. Being personable is an asset for any job. The interviewer is more likely to hire someone who is happy and easygoing.
Send a thank-you email or card. It will help the interviewer to remember who you are, and they’ll appreciate your initiative.
The more you prepare, the more relaxed and confident you will be . . . and the greater the chances that you’ll ace the interview!
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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