Every hiring manager is looking for someone that has the qualifications and skills it takes to successfully perform the job. When the competition gets tough for an open position, you are going to want the tools to stand out. Here we focus on “4 Crucial Interviewing Tips” that can help you have an edge over your competitors.
- Do your Research on both the Employer and the Specific Job Opportunity.
You must have basic knowledge about what you are being interviewed for in order to have a successful meeting. The more research you conduct on both the company that is hiring and the duties & skills the job requires, the better you will understand the employer, which makes you better able to answer interview questions. Don’t talk too much, keep your answers concise and on track. As you make your way through the interview don’t hesitate to ask insightful questions to show the hiring manager you have done your research and are interested in the position.
- Looks that Land the Job.
Always dress for success. Studies show that hiring managers already have their mind made up on what they think about you in the first 20 minutes of an interview! One big factor that plays into this quickly formed opinion is the way you are dressed. Dressing one step above the position you are applying for is a great general rule to follow. It’s better to be overdressed then under dressed, so if you are unsure of what the positions dress code will be, error on the side of more formal.
- Be Kind to Everyone you Encounter.
First impressions are crucial in making or breaking an interview. More often than not employees in the office will talk about you once you have left. Employers are generally curious as to how job applicants treat staff members, and if you come off as arrogant or rude to any of the staff, the hiring manager will be sure to hear of it. Practice good non-verbal communication by making eye-contact, smiling, shaking hands and acting as though everyone you encounter has the authority to hire you.
- Remember your Thank You's.
If you want to stand out from your competition, one of the best ways is to send a follow up e-mail thanking everyone for their time and consideration. This step in the interview process is just as important as your resume and cover letter. It’s best to send the e-mail within 24 hours of your interview so the hiring manager knows you’re interested and remembers who you are.
The more effort you put into your interview preparation, the more success you’ll see in receiving job offers. Don’t let laziness cost you your next job!