The second step in landing a great job is a great interview. It’s critical, but thorough preparation will keep you from stressing out.
- Know exactly what it is you are applying for, and what you will be asked to deliver.
- Thoroughly understand the nature of the company’s operations, the range of products produced, and how you can contribute.
- Get to know the company’s main competitors and anything else about the industry.
Be Aware of Your Appearance and Posture
- Do not slouch or sit up straight. Overconfidence or nervousness is easily detected.
- Dress in business attire that is comfortable and be well groomed.
- Be polite and do not get distracted by a tough question.
- Show enthusiasm by arriving five to 10 minutes before the scheduled start.
- Demonstrate interest in the job and remain attentive throughout the interview.
- Be honest. Misrepresentations can only hurt your chances of getting the job.
- Show that you understand and care about the company’s needs, not simply your own.
Project a Positive Image
- Have a positive attitude and demonstrate confidence in your ability to do the job.
- Never tell people what you cannot do, tell them what you can do.
- Don’t ask about compensation, perks or benefits. There will be time for this after an offer is made.
Deal with the Tough Questions
- Answer tough questions briefly and directly.
- Take time to think before answering. A pause can make your answer seem more profound.
- Try not to get rattled and remain positive with your replies.
Ask Questions of Your Own
- Always be prepared to ask the interviewer at least three questions.
- Think of questions to ask before the interview starts and make one up based on what you have learned during the interview.
- Make a good impression with questions such as:
- Why is the job available?
- What is the company policy on promotion and performance evaluation?
- What makes your company/product/this position unique?
- What are the job functions?