The job search process can be daunting, especially when it comes time for an interview. To help you prepare effectively and perform your best, our team has compiled a list of our top tips for a successful interview. From start to finish, our team is here to support our candidates through the job search process.
1. Take time to properly prepare.
Before your interview, take time to research the company you are interested in and the position you are interviewing for. Take a look at the company’s website and social media pages. Try to understand what they do, their industry, clients, and even past projects. Being knowledgeable about the organization can impress the interviewer and demonstrate you care and respect their time. It also allows you to see if the company’s past projects align to your own skills and work experience, which you can then share.
Make sure to review the job description. Look over the responsibilities and duties that would be expected of you if you were to be chosen for this position. During the interview, there might be questions regarding these responsibilities, and you can also use this as an opportunity to connect your experience to the role. Also, think about typical interview questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses.” Prepare some thoughtful answers to these questions that will help interviewers better understand you and how you will be successful in their company.
Lastly, don’t forget to consider your attire. An interview is one of the instances where the saying “dress to impress” can apply. Choosing the appropriate attire helps you make a positive first impression and showcases your professionalism. When in doubt, choose formal or business attire.
2. During your interview
Plan to arrive at your interview location about 10 to 15 minutes early. Have a copy of your resume, portfolio, or previous work ready to go so that you or your interviewer can easily reference them during your time together.
During the interview, your primary focus should be on answering the interviewer’s questions and highlighting your relevant skills and experience whenever possible. Aside from that, you can also write down important information you might need for future reference. Stay focused and minimize distractions so that you can listen attentively to the interviewer’s questions, respond thoughtfully, and ask for clarifications if needed. The interview is your chance to showcase your enthusiasm and passion for the role, so don’t be afraid to express your interest. Think back to your company research and the job description, and have thoughtful questions prepared to contribute to the conversation. Try to avoid redundancy and focus on areas not covered by the interviewer.
3. Following up
After your interview, make sure you follow up. Review the notes you took during the conversation and send an email to the interviewer thanking them for their time and attaching any additional information such as work examples you discussed. Consider this an additional touchpoint for you to express your interest in the position. Offer to answer further questions or provide additional information if they need any. After your follow up email is sent, if you haven’t heard back after several days, send a polite follow up email asking about the status of the position.
Interviewing can be intimidating, but with the right tools you will be able to approach it with the confidence you need to take your career to the next level. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you navigate the job search process!