Job interviews can be overwhelming. They come with so many "what-if" scenarios. What if I say the wrong thing? What if I'm not dressed appropriately? What if the other candidates are way more qualified? Fortunately, people have been doing interviews for a long, long time and there are some tried and true techniques to ace your next interview.
I know, it's an obnoxious line that everyone will tell you, but it's true. Your interviewer does not want to see a fake, stuffy person trying to survive the questions. The whole reason for the interview is to see if you would be a good fit for their team, and if the company would be a good fit for you. An interviewer will feel your tension if you are trying to be someone you are not. Just relax and let your personality show.
Dress Like You've Got The Job
The easiest way to know how to dress is to research what current employees are wearing. What is the dress code? Mimic that. You will not only be dressed to their standards, but also it gives the hiring manager a chance to see you physically as part of the company before the interview even begins!
Why Do You Want to Work Here?
As job seekers, we know the usual round of questions most interviewers have in mind. This question is deceptively simple, but be sure not to answer with anything vague. The interviewer is looking for an answer with specifics about their company. They want to see you have done some research. Do they have any awards or are they known for their superior customer service? Make it known you are aware of these things. Don't blow off the question by answering that it pays well or it was the only place that called for an interview. That will rub a hiring manager the wrong way.
Do You Have Any Questions for Me?
This question is your moment to shine. Have a list of questions ready, nothing shows that a job candidate has no real interest in the position if they don't have any follow up questions. You could ask them what kind of personality would be the best fit for their company, or what they are most proud of. Maybe why they enjoy working there. Make it into a conversation about why you should work there as well. As mentioned before, the interview is to make sure you both are a good fit for each other.
Thank You Notes!
The company took time out of their day to interview you to potentially offer you an employment opportunity. Always, always send a thank you note. A brief e-mail will suffice, and acknowledging that you appreciate their time will go a long, long way.
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