If you are looking for a job and have an interview scheduled, congratulations! Or, if you plan to land an interview soon, you’re in the right place!
Your performance during an interview impacts whether you advance in the hiring process. This is why your interview preparation is so important. It could mean the difference between being offered a job or having to continue your search.
So, what are some steps you can take to make a positive impression during your interview?
Research the Company, Role, and Interviewers
Use the company website, social media posts, and press releases to uncover all the information you can about the company. Focus on its operations, goals, and culture. Learn about the company’s leadership, biggest problems, and latest news and developments. Find ways you can provide additional value.
Practice Answers to Interview Questions
Develop your responses to commonly asked questions. Use the skills and qualifications listed in the job description as a guide. Include examples of how your experience aligns with these requirements. When sharing your answers, follow the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). You may want a friend to listen to your answers and provide constructive feedback.
Prepare Questions for the Interviewers
Develop a list of topics you want to learn more about during your interview. This shows you thought about the company and role and want more information. You may decide to ask about the day-to-day job responsibilities, characteristics of a person who would succeed in the role or the measurements for success.
Test Your Technology
If your interview is virtual, make sure your camera, microphone, internet connection, and interview software are working at least a day in advance. Repeat the process at least 30 minutes before your interview begins. Knowing that your technology is working helps increase your confidence.
Choose a Quiet Setting
Participate in your virtual interview from a quiet room in your home. This may be your home office, a bedroom, or a cleared-out closet space. Make sure the door and windows are closed to reduce distractions. Turn off the television, radio, and online notifications as well. If others are in your home, ask them to be as quiet as possible.
Wearing the appropriate attire shows you take the job seriously. Women may wear a suit coat, blouse, skirt, or pants. Men may wear a suit, long-sleeved button-down shirt, and tie. All candidates should wear polished shoes. Any makeup or jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
Monitor Your Body Language
Make sure your body language shows you are confident and open. For instance, smile and make eye contact as you greet the interviewers. Sit up tall with your shoulders back. Rest your hands in your lap. Look at the interviewers throughout the conversation.
Send Each Interviewer a Thank-You Note
Follow up with personalized thank-you notes after your interview. Be sure to thank each interviewer for their time. Mention three topics you talked about to jog their memories. Include three main qualifications that make you best equipped for the role. Share that you look forward to hearing from the interviewers soon.
Want Help with Your Interview Preparation?
When you work with High Profile Staffing to find a job, we provide you with interview preparation and related resources. See which jobs interest you today. Browse our job board, contact us online, or call 972-991-7900.