Remote interviews are more common than ever, but with many companies returning to full or partial onsite work, onsite interviews are happening more and more. In today’s job market, you’re just as likely to land a remote interview as you are to land an onsite one. But whether you’re speaking with a hiring manager over Zoom or face-to-face, there are a few things you should always do to be prepared.
Here’s how to prepare for your next interview:
Research the company.
Where many interviewees fall short is in their lack of research. Make sure you understand the company, its mission and values, and precisely what they do. Take a look at some of the current employees’ LinkedIn pages; browse sites like Glassdoor to find company reviews; check out the company’s social media profiles. Doing this gives you a good sense of what the company is about, and you’ll feel better prepared heading into the interview.
Dress the part.
First impressions matter. You want to dress professionally, whether you’re on camera or in person. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a three-piece suit or a fancy dress, but you should look put together. This ensures you make a good impression and start off on the right foot for your interview.
Come with questions.
Without fail, the hiring manager or interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, usually at the end of the interview or during it. Saying “no” isn’t a good look. Always come prepared with questions about the role itself, the company, and who you’ll be working with. This shows that you’re actively interested in the position and genuinely want to learn more.
No one likes interviewing someone who seems bored or disinterested. Be sure to project an air of enthusiasm and excitement for the job. Make it clear that you’re interested, and use body language—nodding, smiling—to show that you’re listening (especially for remote interviews).
Follow up with a “thank you.”
It never hurts to send a thank you after the interview. Usually, a simple email is the best course of action. You can briefly thank the hiring manager for their time and express your interest in the role once more, and include your contact information as a convenience.
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