In previous blogs we talked about how your resume sets the first impression that employers have of you. When you finally score that interview for the job you want, it’s your time to shine. A resume gives employers a general overview of what you have to offer, but an interview is an opportunity for you to show them exactly why you are the best person for the job. It is also an opportunity for you to figure out whether the company is a good fit for you.
- Do your homework.
A common interview question for any job is “what do you know about our company/organization?”. Confidently answering the question because you did your homework is an easy way to show your interest in the company and impress your interviewers. A quick Google search can tell you what you need to know. Reviewing a potential employer’s website to familiarize yourself with their mission and values goes a long way in making a great impression.
- The job posting/description is your “study guide.”
Not only should you use the job posting to help you tailor your resume to the position, it’s useful when you’re preparing for the interview. Employers will not simply take your word for it that you are a hard worker and qualified for the position—they want to hear examples of times when you used your skills to successfully handle a situation or complete a task. The job description will tell you what relevant skills you should talk about.
- Practice, practice, practice.
One of the easiest ways to take care of pre-interview nerves is to practice answering the interview questions. A quick Google search can tell you interview questions that are specific to the field you’re entering or the position itself (e.g., if it’s a marketing coordinator position, I would look for “marketing interview questions” or “marketing coordinator interview questions”). While you should definitely prepare for common interview questions like “what do you consider one of your weaknesses?” and “tell me about yourself,” knowing how to answer a job-specific question you might encounter is another way to show employers you know what you’re talking about. Being overprepared is never a bad thing, and it helps calm your nerves on interview day.
- Look the part.
Dressing well for an interview is a must. You’re setting impressions on a potential employer—coming in prepared and wearing appropriate attire doesn’t just look good, it helps you feel confident and that makes all the difference.
- Have a list of questions ready to ask your interviewers.
One question that you will hear at the end of every interview is “Do you have any questions for me?”. Aim to always prepare a short list of questions to ask. If you have no questions to ask, it can come off as you not being very interested in the position. Some questions to ask can be “how is success measured in this position?” and “what’s your favorite part of working here?”. Asking about what your day will look like in the job you’re applying for is a good option too. For more ideas, a quick Google search can tell you more.
- Send a thank-you email after your interview.
This is one of the most underrated tips on interviewing etiquette and it’s easy to forget. Sending a follow up email after your interview to thank the employer for their time is respectful and is another easy way to leave a lasting impression on your interviewers.
Everyone gets nervous when it comes to interviews, but keep in mind that the interview is not only for the employer to figure out whether or not you’d be a good fit for them—it’s also for you to decide whether the employer is a good fit for you. Our employment team here at Mary Rigg is ready to support you through your job search and to help you find a fulfilling career. To connect with an employment coach, please call 317-639-6106 or click here.