Brush Up on Your Interview Skills to Land a New Job

Brush Up on Your Interview Skills to Land a New Job

Looking for and applying for a new job can always be a bit nerve-wracking. But once you actually land an interview, the real test awaits. Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for their job interview. Here are some tips for selling yourself and putting your best foot forward during an interview.

Dress the Part

First impressions are everything, and professionalism is key during an interview. While dress codes have become much less formal over the years, be sure to inquire about company culture before your big day to determine if you should wear a suit or dress business casual. But regardless of what you wear, make sure it fits well, is free of stains/holes and is ironed.

Act Appropriately

Once you’re actually at the interview, practice good nonverbal communication. Offer a firm handshake, stand straight, make eye contact and listen carefully. Bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview, but make sure to use appropriate language and don’t act too casual or familiar.

Research the Company

Do your homework ahead of time. Find out the company’s industry, business strengths, key products or services, competitors and other basic information. Do a Google search to read recent articles about the company, find press releases and browse through their website.

Don’t Rely Entirely on Your Resumé

Resumés, much like social media, are designed to give the highlights and show a person’s best side. Instead of reading it aloud for the interviewer, be prepared to talk through the details, challenges and successes of your various roles. Share stories of how you were impactful and made a difference.

Showcase Your Talents

An interview is not the time to be shy or humble. Be prepared to share examples that demonstrate your strengths, and offer clarity for how you would achieve success in the new role. Go into your interview with 3-5 key selling points to show why you’re the best candidate for the job. Just remember there is a fine balance between confidence and modesty; you don’t want to come across as cocky or gloating.

Be Prepared to Answer Quirky Questions

Interviewers may ask you something seemingly irrelevant to the role in an attempt to catch you off-guard, think on your feet and react under pressure. Our best advice when answering a curveball is to frame in your answer (as much as possible) in a manner that is relevant to your business or the company’s culture.

Ask Smart Questions

Whether you pepper them throughout the process or save them all for the end, don’t forget to ask a range of questions. It’s a good way to show your confidence, communication skills, creativity and curiosity.  As you dig into specifics, it can also help you better understand if the role and the company culture are a good fit for you.

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