You made it! You landed the job interview! Face-to-face interviews provide significant opportunities for applicants and interviewers to learn more about the other. As you prepare for your interview, consider everything that goes into the interview process. Interviewers are interested in your answers to questions, but also take notice of eye contact, body language, your attire and more.
Get ready to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression on your potential employer. Seek out as many resources as possible as you prepare.
Use this list of job interviewing skills to get you started:
Before the job interview
- Research the organization, the opportunity, and the person or people with whom you are interviewing prior to your interview. Acquire and memorize this information. Doing so shows your interest and enthusiasm in both the position and the company.
- Research sample interview questions and practice your answers ahead of time. Understand each interviewer has a different interview style; some ask questions in a conversational mode, while others will address you more formally. Plan to “be yourself,” no matter what. Being honest and genuine as you answer will go a long way.
- Rehearse then relax. You are ready!
During the job interview
- Be on time, better yet - be at least fifteen minutes early, so you can enter the interview as calm, cool, and collected as possible.
- Be tactful, courteous, sincere, polite, and engaging as you respond to the interviewer. Share your knowledge about the organization and what you have to offer. The initial interview is not the time to ask about benefits or compensation, unless the interviewer bring it up specifically.
- Dress for success. The company culture may be casual, but over-dressing by wearing a suit is better than the alternative. Interviewers measure your appearance as much as your answers to their questions. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the company to inquire about their dress code.
- Listen and observe…communication is a two-way street. Let the interviewer ask the questions, as well as respond to your answers. Take care to answer the questions appropriately and completely. This is your chance to shine and tell the interviewer about yourself and the skillsets that suit you for the potential position. Show energy and enthusiasm, but remember to remain professional when answering questions.
- Ask the interviewer questions as opportunities to do so arise. This shows two things: (1) you have been paying attention and (2) you have genuine interest in the company and position.
After the job interview
- Send a prompt, handwritten thank-you note. Personalized and positive notes make a very good impression and help you stay near the top of the hiring professional’s mind.
- Continue learning about the organization. You may be asked in for a second, even third interview.
- Be patient. The interviewer might consider you desperate or pushy If you call and/or email too often.
- If you are not offered the job, handle the rejection with style. Keep your emotions in check and accept the news with a professional attitude. The interviewer may have you in mind if the accepted candidate fails to work out. As well, different positions within the same organization may open up for which you are qualified.