For some people, a job interview is one of the toughest things they will ever have to face. People deal with the challenge of job interviews in different ways. No matter how nervous you get, here are some basic things to remember that will put you well ahead of all of the other people being interviewed.
- Bring a hard copy of your resume to the interview.
- Arrive at the interview early; at least by 10 minutes.
- Professional presentation is very important – business attire for men is a suit and tie, for women it is a conservative suit, minimal jewelry and professional makeup. Well-coifed hair, polished shoes and clean, presentable fingernails are absolutely necessary.
- Research the company at the library or on the Internet before you go to the interview. Arrive prepared to ask a number of insightful questions based on your research.
- Ask specific questions about the position and what the employer is looking for in the ideal employee for this position. Focus your questions on the employer, not on yourself. Put the company’s needs first.
- Rehearse! You should know what your introductory statement to a potential employer will be. Know the key things that you want to say about yourself. Be prepared to be able to explain, succinctly, who you are, what you have accomplished, what your key strengths are and why you are there for the interview.
- Make eye contact. Offer a firm handshake at the beginning and at the end of the interview. Release the handshake as soon as you can clearly identify the colour of their eyes.
- Be honest and get feedback. Do not misrepresent yourself and do not denigrate any previous employers. Ask about salary at the end of the interview and only in a final interview. Ask for feedback at the end of the interview. This will lead to a further clarification of your skills and make you a better fit for the job.
- Close the interview strongly. You know what they are looking for – because you asked. Use this information to your advantage.
- Follow up with your Angus One consultant as soon as possible after the interview with feedback. This will allow the consultant to follow up with the client in a timely, professional manner and will make everyone (including you) look good. If it is appropriate, send a thank-you note to the employer – it demonstrates your interest in the position.
- Have fun in an interview. Companies want to hire people who are not only qualified but have personalities that will add to their corporate environment and culture. Be yourself. Energetic, confident responses go a long way toward reinforcing a positive impression.
- Make an appointment at Angus One for an interview and ask our Recruitment Consultant for the list of “tough” interview questions and be prepared to answer all of them.