Finding a new job is not an easy task. This is especially true for those who have had one job after another, unable to find a good fit. When you finally do get an interview for that job you have been vying for over the last few months, you need to do your best to make sure that everything goes well. With this in mind, we have put together several tips for you to take into consideration when you are heading to your next job interview.
Learn about the company you are interviewing with.
Being knowledgeable about the company that you are interviewing with is imperative if you want to be their next hire. If you can speak intelligently about what is currently happening in the company, as well as ask related questions, you are going to “wow” your potential future employer. Hiring someone who has their finger on the company pulse before they ever get hired is an employer’s dream come true.
Know your own qualifications.
This may seem like a silly tip, but you need to know your resume like the back of your hand if you want to get hired. Employers don’t want you reading through your resume as they ask you questions about your past experience working. You need to be able to convince the person who is interviewing you that you will be able to walk into the job on your first day and do it well. Not being able to address your past job performance will not inspire much confidence in you from the interviewer.
Be familiar with the position you are interviewing for.
When you get an interview for a job that you are extremely interested in, one of the best things you can do to prepare is memorize the job listing in detail. Knowing all of the skills that are required for the position will allow for you to speak to them once the interview is taking place. Reiterating the types of tasks you are good at, that are also listed as desirable in the job description will set you apart from other candidates.
Have concrete examples of your skills.
The majority of the time, a person who is tasked to interview potential employees has a certain set of questions they plan on asking each person they speak with. One of the most common things interviewers will want to know is an example of a time you exhibited a specific skill at a previous job. Coming prepared with examples of how you have excelled in past positions held will keep you from struggling to find an answer when this question comes up.
Build a rapport.
It’s beyond important that you make a superb first impression when you come in for a job interview. In order to do this, make sure to greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and a friendly greeting. Another great idea is to ask the interviewer how their day or week is going as a polite gesture.
Always make eye contact.
If you want to relate to a potential future employer, be sure to make eye contact from the moment your interview begins until the moment it ends. This communicates to the interviewer that you are both confident and that you have high self esteem, which means you are likely going to be good at your job.
Try to relax.
Often, job interviews are very stressful, especially if you really want the job. With that being said, you want to make sure you aren’t too tense during the interview. Try to have relaxed body language that communicates that you are also a professional. Don’t be too relaxed (don’t prop your feet on the table!), but also don’t clench your fists throughout the entire process either.
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