By Nick Curtin
Last week we delved into the nine mistakes to avoid during the interview process, now we are going to over the eight ways you can nail your interview. As you read the following, you may notice there are similarities between tips between each list.
Research the Company Beforehand
It is of the utmost importance that you research the company you are interviewing with for your future position. Visit their website, memorize the leadership of the company, go to their products, and media page. Not only are you showing that you are a proactive candidate, but you are also able to speak to the company’s business interests, leadership, and current events.
Be Prepared – You Only Get One First Impression
So make it count! Be sure to dress to impress. Have an organized interview kit that consists of several copies of your professional resumes, notepad, pen, water, and a list of questions for the interviewer. Also, be sure to give a firm hand shake and kind smile when you greet your interviewer.
90% of what you are saying is not coming out of your mouth. At all times be sure to maintain proper posture, good eye contact (do not grill your interviewer, but when they engage with you make sure to look directly back at them), and try your best not to fidget. Helpful hint to fellow fidgeters: Flex your calf muscles if you feel a temptation to start fidgeting. I do not know why, but it works.
The company that you are interviewing with are going to hire the person that is in the interview room. Pretending to be someone else could not only come off as unauthentic, but if you are hired, you are only setting yourself up for failure because they did not actually hire you. On that note, do not lie on your resume. If you are being hired on the fact that you are an expert with JAVA and C++ and the only experience you actually have with that is watching a couple YouTube videos prior to the interview, you are wasting the company’s time and your time because you will not last. At the end of the day if you are not a good match, then you are not a good match.
Confidence plays a direct role in being yourself and presenting good body language. You have an interview, your foot is in the door! Clearly, they liked what your resume/cover letter had to offer and the interviewer is willing to clear part of their day to meet with you. Now that you have that door open, do not let them shut it. Recognize that you are a valuable commodity and be sure when you leave that room that you have proved how beneficial your addition will be to their team.
Interview the Interviewer
It is important to realize that the hiring process is a symbiotic relationship – the company acquires talent and the candidate gains employment. This should put a fair amount of power in the candidate’s hands, you should be interviewing interviewer just as much. Inquire about the direction of the company, the team dynamic, overarching strategy, how can they improve their market position, possible future changes, how much they made last year before taxes, etc. Okay, clearly that last question is a bad idea, but you get my point. Within your interview kit should be a list of applicable questions that pertain to the job and the company itself.
Read Last Week’s Article – Interview Tips: Nine Mistakes to Avoid
Knowing what not to do is almost as important as knowing what to do. Click here to find out the mistakes to avoid.
When you leave the interview, provide another firm handshake, reaffirm your desire for the position, thank the interviewer for their time, and ask for the business card. When you get home, promptly write and mail a hand written letter reiterating your thankfulness, desire for the position, and your eagerness to hear from them soon. Sending this note via email will get the same point across, but the personal touch is often amiss in today’s world and may separate you from the pack.
There you have it. The eight ways to nail your interview: researching the company, be prepared, use good body language, be yourself, be confident, interview the interviewer, read the mistakes to avoid article, and be sure to follow up. Apollo Professional Solutions passes along these same techniques to the contractors we staff throughout the United States, perhaps that’s why we have such a great interview to offer ratio. Care to find out more? Click here to contacts us.