6 Essential Job Interview Tips
Congratulations, you finally landed a job interview after weeks, possibly even months of applying to countless jobs. Now that you have your foot in the door, what are the qualities you think are crucial to ace the interview? Most of you would come up with a long list of factors like a sound academic profile, versatile skills, career experience, etc. Don’t sabotage yourself by lack of planning – start preparing as soon as possible. Well, of course after you’re done jumping for joy, and telling everyone you know your great news.
Here are 6 essential job interview tips from UEI College to help you land your dream job.
1. Research the Company
Research is just as important as rehearsing potential interview questions. Make sure to investigate how the company runs its business, by looking up their mission statement and vision. It is essential you get a better understanding what they’re looking for and what they will expect of you. The more you know about the company, the more questions you will be able to ask your interviewer and prepare yourself for their potential questions.
You can obtain your information by going to the company’s website and by checking out their Linkedin page, as well as Glassdoor for any reviews by employees.
2. Time Matters!
Arriving late will get you a guaranteed rejection. Make sure to look-up the destination of where your interview is being held – plan the route you will be taking in advance. Schedule yourself to arrive 15 -30 minutes before the agreed upon time. The earlier you arrive the less anxious and nervous you will feel during your interview. Use this time to prepare yourself mentally and survey the surroundings, to get accustomed to the environment. Remember, the early bird catches the worm.
3. Appearance Matters!
Believe it or not, you have less than 30 seconds to make a lasting impression to your interviewer. The night before, select the outfit you are going to wear, and make sure that it’s clean, wrinkle-free and that it fits well. The attire for women is a knee length skirt, with a nice blouse, a dress suit, or pantsuit. The attire for men is a tailored suit (preferably blue or black, dark charcoal also works) with a nice button down shirt. Don’t forget to remove your facial piercings, and to cover up any visible tattoos. Make sure you look your best by not forgetting to schedule a haircut, shave, or trim your facial hair. Remember you only have one shot to make a lasting impression, so dress to impress.
You don’t want something as trite as the way you look to hinder you from getting your dream job.
4. Sound Professional
Have you ever thought why hiring managers conduct interview sessions when they already have all the information about you in front of them? That’s because they want to assess your professional and communication skills. When you work in an organization, you need to interact and communicate with other employees and hiring managers are trying to gauge if you are going to be a good fit.
Before your interview, practice your communication skills with a friend, or one of the career services advisors at your campus. So that you can show to the hiring manager that you have a flexible demeanor and will easily be able to work in a team environment.
5. Be Yourself
Hiring managers conduct several interviews daily and they have a keen eye in spotting whether you are being sincere – don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Furthermore, don’t forget to breathe; taking deep breaths will ease your nerves by allowing more oxygen to be supplied to your brain. Pay attention to your body language, don’t fidget, slouch, bite your nails, or play with your hair, this will distract your interviewer and will make you appear lacking in confidence. Lastly, remember to smile and maintain good eye contact but don’t stare like a weirdo.
6. Follow Up
The most essential and commonly forgotten part of the interview is the follow-up. But what makes the follow up so important? When you follow-up by sending a thank you note, it shows to your potential employer that you are serious about the job. Send your thank-you note within 24 hours after your interview, via email. If you want to add a personal touch, send a hand-written note instead of an email.
So the next time you go for a job interview, be prepared and keep the above-mentioned tips in mind.
If you are looking for more tips or would like to have a practice interview or two, check with the Career Services department at UEI College. Our dedicated staff members are there to help you any way they can. Plus their services are available to you even after you graduate!