1. Practice/Be Prepared – Make sure to research the company to find out more about the company’s culture and values. Practice with a professional or with a friend. Take plenty of resumes, a pen, and a note pad. Prepare at least five questions to ask during the interview.
2. Arrive early/Dress to Impress – If possible drive by the place a day before. Arrive at least 10 minutes early as they may want you to complete an application. Not to mention if you are right on time you are late. First Impressions are lasting, so you want to dress to impress. Always air on the side of caution. Go Business Professional unless instructed not to. Get your outfit together a couple of days before.
3. Let the interviewer lead the interview – Don’t interrupt the interviewer while they are asking a question or speaking. You wouldn’t want to come across as being rude. When appropriate ask questions, but you will get a chance to ask questions once they ask you if you have any questions for you.
4. Tell A Story That They Will Remember – People remember stories more than people. If you are able to tell about a time that you faced a problem, and was able to find a creative solution to the problem they will remember that. Be energetic, display passion, if they see you as someone they would like to work with, you will leave a great impression on them.
5. Know What You Personally Bring To An Organization – You must know what set’s you apart from other candidates, and what you will personally bring to their organization. If you are not confident in your abilities or don’t know what they are, it will show up in your interview. Practice working on your elevator pitch, and find out what people count on you for so you can express this in your interview. If you don’t know asking other people who you are around a lot or close too will help with this.
6. Practice Good Posture/Don’t Give Long Winded Answers To Questions – I hate interviewing people who slouch in the chair or are just too comfortable. Sit up straight and have good eye contact. When the interviewer asks a question, answer the question directly without a long drawn out answer. You don’t want to be too short either, but sitting in an interview with someone who takes 10 minutes to answer every question can be tiring. In fact if an interviewer dances around answering a question it makes me think they are either hiding something or not prepared to answer the question. Usually I will end the interview shorter than I planned because I really don’t want to be in an interview for two hours.
7. Take supplemental items to leave behind with interviewer –
Recommendation letters – Take a copy of recommendations that you have received on LinkedIn or have a few of your current or former co-workers write you a letter of recommendation.
Employee Reviews – Nothing more shows you in a positive manner than a former or current supervisor giving you glowing ratings and remarks on an employee review. Be sure to review the entire document to make sure that there is nothing there that may show you in a negative manner.
Samples of Your Work – If you are in a design field then you will need to have a mini portfolio and “leave behinds” to leave the interviewer with something that they can view after the interview is over. Even if you are not in the design area you should still be prepared to show some samples of your work. For example, if you are responsible for conducting workshops or teaching, you could bring a hard copy of your PowerPoint presentation or sample lesson plans.
Awards & Recognition – If you received any company related awards or any recognition related to your field of choice, take a few with you. If what you received is big and bulky maybe take a picture of it and add it to your things to show the interviewer.
8. Follow-up – Ask for a business card from the person conducting the interview. Ask when would be an appropriate time to follow-up on the position and remember to do so. Be sure to follow-up with them after the interview with a thank you letter.
Below is the STAR behavioral technique used to help when answering questions.
STAR behavioral interviewing technique when answering questions:
Situation or Task
Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Action you took
Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did — not the efforts of the team. Don’t tell what you might do, tell what you did.
Results you achieved
What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?Use examples from work experience, internships, classes and school projects, activities, community service, and hobbies.
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