Job interviews can be a difficult task for some job seekers, below are 5 tips for more successful interviews:
- Familiarize Yourself With The Company
Before going in for an interview, it is helpful to do a little research on the company that you’ll be interviewing for, and it can even be helpful to familiarize yourself with the person you’ll be interviewing with. Getting to know the company will not only help you answer the interviewer’s questions, but it will also make you seem all around more prepared.
- Make A Good First Impression
It is important to make a good first impression in the way you speak and act. However, possibly more importantly, it is crucial to make a good first impression in the way you present yourself. Showing up on time and looking professional are two great ways to present yourself to make a better first impression.
- Be Positive
There is nothing an interviewer hates more than a candidate with a bad attitude. Even if you did not like your previous job or employer, focus on some things that you did like, make the negative more positive. Also, if an employer asks about your personal weaknesses, that is a great opportunity to show your positivity, don’t just list your weaknesses, talk about things you’re not great at and discuss ways you plan to improve in the future.
- Ask Questions
Near the end of the interview, when the employer ask if you have any questions, think of something to ask. Asking meaningful questions about the position lets the employer know that you were not just listening to them, but you were also processing what they were saying and you are interested in being more informed.
- Send A Thank You
Whether by phone or email, it is important to follow up with an employer shortly after an interview to thank them for the opportunity to interview. This not only keeps you fresh in their mind, but it also lets them know they you are truly interested and dedicated to the position.