For as much time as we spend sourcing for and interviewing with candidates, we don’t often write blogs geared toward them.  So, job seekers, this one is for you.

These tips won’t guarantee that you get a job, but they will certainly help you to stand out in a sea of interviews.

Prep Tips:

  • We can’t stress this one enough—do your homework on the company you are interviewing for.  Understand the basic tenants of what that company does, what role you would play, who the biggest industry competitors are, and make sure you’ve at least read the mission statement.
  • If you want to take your research a step further (which we recommend), come up with a few suggestions for improvement and have ideas about how you can add value to a project or department.
    • For example, editing is one of my key skills.  So, one thing I will do is print off pages of the company’s website and edit them—red pen and all.  It’s a bold move to hand them over, but a powerful message to whomever is across the table.  No business tries to have errors on their website—but most do!
  • Prepare questions to ask—good ones.
    • Make sure you ask about more than just benefits and vacation time.  While those are valid and good points of mention, you need to show that you are interested in what you can do for the company, not what it can do for you or how soon you can get away from it!
  • Let LinkedIn be your friend.
    • Take a look at other employees and managers.  Get a sense of who works there and where they’ve come from.  If you know your interviewers name/s, be sure to look them up as well.

Dress 101:

  • Be comfortable…and workplace appropriate.
  • Don’t overdo any one element of your appearance.
    • Try to be remembered as being something other than, “that guy with too much cologne,” or “the woman with all the accessories.”  Memorable, maybe.  But remembered for the right reasons, probably not.
  • Be yourself…and workplace appropriate!

What to Bring:

  • Copies of your resume—if you know how many interviewers there will be, have a copy for each, plus one for yourself.
  • References—same rule as above.
  • Samples of your work (depending on the type of job.
    • If applicable to the job at hand, make sure you bring samples of things you have made, written, designed or developed.
  • Something to take notes on and with.
  • Seems simple enough, but take a pad of paper and a pen—take notes, look interested, write down questions as you go.

Body language:

  • Be mindful of how you sit in your chair.  Slumping shows despondency or lack of confidence.  Rocking back or fidgeting is just plain distracting.  Try to maintain a good posture that makes you look interested and puts you in a position to be most engaged with the interviewer.
  • Keep good eye contact.  Look at the interviewer even if he/she is looking down at your resume or taking notes.
  • Never try and talk over the interviewer.

 

Again, following these tips won’t guarantee that you get the job at hand, but they can certainly make for a more successful interview—one that could lead to the opportunity for another!

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