4 Tips for Your Next Interview
The interviewing process is a crucial step in the game of job hunting and can be quite daunting for some. This is an opportunity where you get to show your potential employer, who you are, your skills and see if you'll be the right fit for the team and position.
In this blog, I want to share five tips to aid you in your next interview. I can't promise these five tips will get you your next job, but they sure will increase your chances for the role you want!
- Research on the Company and Services they Provide
Leading up to the interview, it's essential to research the company you are considering to join. Preparation shows in an interview, so be prepared to answer!
Tip: Utilize social channels to tell you more about a company and gain insight!
We live in a world where everyone has some social media channel, especially business. Do some social media stalking; however, before you start with their social channels, start with the company's "News" section. You will find the latest updates on what's going on within the organization. Did they open a new division? Have they been nominated for an award? Or have they recently hosted a charity event?
Next, move to their LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and any other channels they utilize. You will find so much information on who the company is and see their culture.
Mentioning something that you found interesting on their social media shows you did your homework!
2. Know your resume and have examples of your work/experiences.
From front to back, from each point in your career, you should know your resume and have examples ready to share. There is no doubt they will not pull information out your resume and ask you about your experiences and skills. It's apart of the interview process. Providing specific examples of different scenarios you have experienced in your previous roles and how you created solutions to those problems, helps validate your experience and skillsets. Be authentic here; let your personality show as you share these stories.
Depending on the role, give examples of the work you have done. Have you created scripts, worked on application development, created work forms or frameworks. Did you help your team met their goals? If so, how? Did you lead a team?
Tip: Be ready to showcase your Value from your Resume.
3. Always arrive ahead of time!
The saying goes, "You're on time if you're 15 minutes early. You're late if you're on time." You have to arrive for the interview at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time.
If you are driving, confirm the meeting address with the manager. Check Google Maps to see the estimated time for travel during that time of day. If you want to get it right or are not familiar with the area, you can also do a practice drive the day before. Leave an extra 30 minutes earlier than the estimated travel time to account for possible traffic, or missed turns to ensure you'll be at least 15 minutes early.
If you are doing a phone call, confirm the conference call, number, and password. For a video chat interview (Skype, Facetime, WebEx, etc), make sure to verify/test Skype IDs on both sides, confirm the phone number. For Facetime and confirm/check the WebEx link and password.
There are so many problems that can arise, but if you add 30 minutes or more before your scheduled interview time, you will be better prepared and able to accommodate unexpected situations.
Leave you with this,
Arriving late really sends a bad message, no matter what the reason," Hartman said. "It demonstrates a lack of commitment." - Huffington Post
Tip: Show your commitment through planning to arrive ahead of time.
4. Pay Attention to your Body Language
First and foremost, make eye contact. How much or how little is always the question?
Avoiding eye contact can come across as untrustworthy or not confident, but too much direct eye contact could seem aggressive. Find a middle ground. When you meet the interviewer(s) for the first time, shake their hand and make eye contact during the greeting. This is a must.
Let's talk posture; NO SLUMPING ALLOWED. When you are being interviewed, you want to look and sound confident. Sitting up helps you do just that and stay engaged. To show you are interested to lean in throughout the interview.
If you have nervous habits, be mindful of them. I know for some, interviewing can bring up feelings of anxiety or nervousness, but breathe and get in a positive mindset.
Tip: Do a mock interview with a friend and ask for feedback or record yourself.