Getting interviewed can be nerve-wracking and more difficult for some than others. If you are new to the job market or have been out of the workforce, this might be the case especially for you. While a few nerves are expected, going into an interview with preparation and confidence will show potential employers in New Hampshire why you are the person for the job.
They have called you in, so that is conquering half the battle. Now it is up to you to present yourself in the best light possible. Here are a few tips to get you started.
You might have an excellent resume, but you can’t rely on that for getting the job. Chances are, everyone vying for the job has a great resume. You need to find out everything you can about the company.
It’s important to know what the company does, what your job will entail, and all the important aspects that will impact your interview. Research them on social media to find out not only about the company, but their culture. By now most companies have maintained a social media presence for quite some time, giving you plenty of content to sift through to increase your knowledge of the company and their culture.
Have a few questions ready to ask the interviewer. Even with a few questions in your pocket, it’s always a good idea to mix in some questions pertinent to what the interviewer is speaking about. Also, don’t save all your questions until the end. Don’t interrupt, either, but slide in a question throughout the dialogue as opportunities arise.
This is meant to be a conversation, not a grilling. By asking questions you show that you are interested. Feel free to throw in a question may already know the answer to but make every attempt to gain additional knowledge through your questions.
Dress as they dress at the workplace, and perhaps a notch up. But don’t overdo it. You don’t want to go in there with your Saturday sweats on, but you don’t need a tuxedo or ballgown, either.
Find out how the staff dress and mirror that. In many cases the job announcement will indicate the type of dress appropriate for work-attire. Don’t wear flashy clothes or bright colors. You are the star of the interview, not your clothes. If you don’t have appropriate clothes, there are organizations that will help you. Men can find support at Career Gear and women will find more than just interview apparel support at Dress for Success.
This applies to a video interview, as well. Here, you can dress like a news anchor. Suit jacket and shirt or shirt and tie visible to the interviewer. Just because you are home, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. In fact, quite the opposite. The employer is verifying that you can perform your best, even in your most relaxed environment.
This should go without saying, but you would be surprised how often it is overlooked. You do not want your phone ringing, beeping, or singing during your interview. Simply put, it’s common courtesy to shut it off. Don’t even put it on vibrate, as that will still make a noise, distracting you and the interviewer, and likely putting your resume in the not-at-this-time pile.
It’s important to be aware of how you look to the person across from you. It’s even worth it to take a quick glance in the rear-view mirror before heading into the interview to ensure you wiped the cream cheese completely from your face after breakfast.
Nerves are a given. You will be nervous and they understand that. But don’t overcompensate but trying to be too casual. Keep your back straight but avoid rigidity. Don’t cross your legs, as that appears too casual and less serious. Don’t cross your arms, as it appears closed off. Keep eye contact and respond when you are addressed.
When they ask you something, tell them the truth, not what you think will get you the job. If they ask you if you can work late or weekends, and you have a prior commitment, don’t say yes to appease them.
If you don’t know the answer, admit it, and ask about it. There is no shame in not knowing an answer. They are not trying to trip you up, simply finding out if you are a good fit for the company.
You don’t want to tell them what they want to hear just to have them find out later it won’t work out. It’s a waste of everyone’s time.
Be yourself and try your best. Not every interview will go well, but don’t let that deter you. There’s an opportunity to learn and grow from every interview, good and bad.
From participating in several interviews you'll gain knowledge of how interviews are done differently across various organizations. You'll also experience a multitude of questions and work environments. Use this to your advantage by utilizing what works well in each interview and improving what you feel might have worked better if done differently.
The important thing to keep in mind is confidence through preparation. If you follow the six tips for acing your job interview, you will be a step ahead your competition.