Many times, getting a job comes down to the interview. How to dress, behave, and prepare is important. Follow these tips to ace your next job interview:
- Be aware of dress code, and err on the side of conservative. Leave provocative styles (ex. plunging necklines) at home. Aim to dress a bit more formal than the job requires – no jeans or sneakers!
- Research the company for which you are interviewing. You don’t need to be an expert, but knowing some company background will impress your interviewers. Knowing nothing about the company may lead them to wonder if you are really interested in working there.
- Ask questions! Asking questions shows you have given thought to the position, and are engaged in the process. This is your chance to make sure the position is a good fit for you – asking questions helps to clarify job duties and expectations so you know what you are getting into if and when you accept the job offer.
- Have concrete examples to support your statements. For example, when describing a particular strength, be prepared to describe a scenario where you demonstrated that skill.
- Be honest. If you answer a question simply based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear, you may end up in a job where you are not happy. For example, if you truly dislike sales, don’t tell your interviewer you love sales just to get the job. That job very likely involves sales, and you will likely not enjoy it.
- Communicate if you will not be at the interview! Employers understand if you have car trouble or even if you decide you are no longer interested in the position, as long as you make the effort to let them know prior to the designated appointment. Applicants who do not show up for interviews without prior communication are not likely to be considered for future opportunities. A little courtesy goes a long way!
- Update your resume before applying for a position or bringing it to an interview. If you have an objective or cover letter, ensure it references the position for which you are applying (and not another company or field). Also check your email address – if it lacks professionalism consider creating a separate email account for employment correspondence (for example, use JohnSmith@gmail.com versus BeerPongChamp@gmail.com).
Make sure you follow these tips and good luck on your interview!
Guest Blogger - Megan Stetson. Megan is a Human Resources Specialist and has worked at GSCU for over 10 years, 8 of which have been in our Human Resources Department.