You Got the Interview! Now What?
By: Lindsey Dial
Your resume gets you in the “yes” pile, but how you interview will determine whether you are offered the job. Continue reading to learn what you should do before, during, and after your interview.
Job Interview Preparation Tips – everything to do before your interview
- Research the company. Interviewers can tell when you have done your research, and they love seeing it. An interviewer may ask you questions at the beginning of the interview like:
- Why did you apply for this position?
- What do you know about us?
- Why do you want this job?
- Get familiar with your resume. This one of the easiest ways to prepare for an interview. Be ready to explain past job changes in a positive light. It is all about how your phrase it. It is also important to think of a couple challenges and accomplishments in your last one or two positions.
Interviewing Tips – the best strategies to use during your interview to stand out
- Be yourself! That is why they picked you to have an interview in the first place!
- Yes, practice basic interview questions. However, do not have a rehearsed answer. The employer is trying to decide if you are a good fit for the company, so use this as a chance to show who you are and answer all the questions truthfully.
- Remember to maintain a comfortable amount of eye contact, refrain from fidgeting or showing nervous ticks, and keep up a good posture.
Tips for After Your Interview – how to make sure you get the job offer after your interview is over
- Always remember to send a thank you email to you interviewer(s) within 24 hours of your interview. When writing your thank you, try to add in some personalized details from your conversation.
- Any extra detail you add will show that you were actively listening and interested in what you interviewer had to say.
- Then, if you have not been contacted about a hiring decision, it is encouraged to follow up with the potential employers five business days after your interview!
Follow this advice, and you will have success in the interview process! Good Luck!