Interviewing is one of the most stressful aspects of the job process. Waiting for a response for an interview from employers can take weeks. Not knowing how many others are interviewing for the same position as you can create even more stress.
Whether you are planning your job search now or preparing for your first interview ever, these hacks will help your chances of landing that dream job.
1. Always Research The Company Before The Interview
As they say, “Knowing is half the battle,” the same applies for the job interview. Knowing the company’s mission and core values, knowing how market trends are affecting the company, and knowing who exactly are the company’s competitors are all important hacks that will increase your interest in the company at the interview. Another key trick is to find out who is interviewing you and researching that person on LinkedIn to know his/her career path and story.
2. Dress For The Job You Want Not The Job You Have
It’s true when they say that first impressions are everything and statistically speaking, the first 90 seconds of the interview are where the interviewer makes up his/her mind in saying yes or no to you as a candidate. It’s highly recommended that you arrive 15-20 minutes early for the interview, bring copies of your resume in a portfolio, and dress conservatively in a dark-colored suit. Even if the office’s standard attire Monday through Friday is jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts, your desire to make the best first impression will hit a homerun with the company.
Most importantly, be engaging and enthusiastic during the interview. Remember that multiple people are interviewing for that same position and you want to convey that enthusiasm in your appearance, attitude, and energy. Don’t forget to ask questions and send a thank-you letter following the interview to reaffirm your enthusiasm.
3. Know Your Key Attributes and Accomplishments
It’s one thing to list your key attributes and skills on your resume, but it’s another to be able to sell or market them in an interview. Make sure you list your top skills and accomplishments on a piece of paper before you go into the interview, and be sure to convey how those skills are valuable for the company’s objectives, productivity, and profitability.
Mastering these three hacks will help you ace the interview and increase your chances of scoring a spot with the company of your dreams!
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