Our team here at Expert Staffing wants you to be prepared when you land the job interview. We know how hard you have been looking and we have been successful in matching you with the right employer based on your needs and qualifications. Now you have the interview and it’s time to put your best foot forward. Here are some helpful tips so you can prepare and be your best at the interview. This will help you prepare for the job you want.
- Research the business your are interviewing with
The key to a successful interview is to know as much about the company as you can. You should understand the employer, the requirements of the job, and if possible the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you conduct, the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions. Start with the organization’s website and read everything you can. Look at other published materials, press releases, monthly newsletters, company blog. These areas will give a lot of information about the culture and what the company is doing. Also, reach out to your networks and see if anyone currently works there or knows anything about the company. This can also give you some insight to the management and the company culture. At the end of most interviews, the interviewing will ask you if you have any questions for them. Make sure when you do your research you jot down questions you may have about the job or the company. It shows you have done your research.
- Dress for success
Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the job. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed and to wear clothing that fits, is clean and pressed. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum. Don’t spray too much cologne or perfume, since some fragrances may not agree with everyone. Also, try not to smoke or eat right before the interview and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.
- Arrive on time and prepared for the interview
There is no excuse, ever, for arriving late to an interview. Short of a disaster, strive to arrive no more than 10 – 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled. Arriving a bit early gives you a chance to review the dynamics and atmosphere of the workplace. If you arrive more than 10 – 15 minutes before your interview, wait in the car or outside before going in. Arriving too early shows the interviewer you don’t know how to follow directions.
We recommend having extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work make sure to bring those. Having a pad of paper and pen so you can write down anything during the interview is recommended. And don’t forget, when you get to the office, make sure to turn off your cell phone, or better yet, leave it in the car. Nothing is more disruptive than your phone going off during an interview.
- Be yourself!
You have prepared so relax and be yourself. Answer the questions clearly and confidently. When you can, showcase your accomplishments and give examples from your past employment to help give them a clear picture of your qualifications when you answer a question. You should always be authentic and truthful when answering questions. Don’t ramble on and try to be on point and keep your responses short.
- Follow up with a Thank You
A day or two after the interview, send a thank you email or handwritten thank you card to express your interest in the position and gratitude for taking the time to meet with you. Common courtesy and politeness will go far with the interviewer. It may not help you land the job, but it will help you stand out from those who didn’t bother to take the time.
We hope you find these tips helpful. Our team here at Expert Staffing wants to see you be successful. You can always reach out to our team of staffing professionals with additional questions.