How To Impress At An Interview, And Land That Job
by: Laura Adams
Candidates experience and credentials, as detailed in the resume, are
most often the frequently used criteria for determining which job
applicants are deserving of a personal interview. Ultimately, though,
the hiring decision is going to be heavily based upon the candidates
performance in the interview and their value to the organization. To
impress an interviewer, you have to be able to distinguish yourself
from other candidates and be prepared to 'sell' your qualifications to
the interviewer. How can you do this?
Present a polished professional image
Remember that professional companies are looking to hire professional
individuals, not the beach bum who just shook the loose sand from his
hair. Dress conservatively in a well-fitting suit and keep jewelry,
makeup, and fragrances to a minimum. Its also important to always
take a shower, brush your teeth, and comb your hair before an
interview as well to present to clean, polished image.
Spend some time to research the organization prior to the interview
Doing outside research on your own time to prepare for the interview
demonstrates your commitment to hard work and your sincere interest in
the organization. Study up on the company's products and services,
industry, target market, annual sales, structure, and any other key
information. Managers will be impressed by your research.
Prepare specific examples of how your skills and experience make you a
strong fit for the organizations needs
Practice answering tough, directed questions about your experience and
be prepared to draw colorations between your experience and that needs
of the organization. For example, if the position requires strong
analytical skills, you should have example ready to demonstrate your
strong analytical skills. Have you faced any challenges that forced
you to think quickly on your feet? How do you go about evaluate
alternatives when you have to justify a decision on a project?
Prepare and ask intelligent questions about the company and position
Your research on the organization will also come in handy when it
comes time to formulate a series of intelligent questions you want
answered. Since the interviewing process is an evaluation tool for
both the individual and the organization, it is in your best interest
to gather as much information about the potential opportunity as
possible. Asking well thought-out questions shows that you are serious
about the opportunity at hand and indicates the level of your
knowledge about the company to the interviewer.
Pay attention to your body language.
You want to exude self-confidence and poise during an interview.
Maintain eye contact, smile pleasantly, and keep your body attentive
but relaxed throughout the meeting. Avoid fidgeting, clearing your
throat, and breaking eye contacts as these are all signs of an anxious
Conclude the meeting by thanking the interviewer for his time and
shaking his hand.
End the interview on a strong positive note by thanking and
acknowledging the time the interviewer spent meeting with you. Its
important that interviewer know that you value his time - after all,
he could just have easily been doing something else.
Write a quick Thank You message to the individual(s) who interviewed
It only takes a few minutes to pen a Thank You note to an
interviewer, but the gesture speaks volumes about your professionalism
and the importance you place on good customer service. If you treat
the interviewer with gratitude and respect, you are likely to treat
your co-workers and customers equally well.
About The Author
Laura Adams is a qualified careers advisor with 11 years experience.
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