Landing your dream job can be a long process. You have to write cover letters, send out resumes, and network on LinkedIn. However, one of the most important steps in the process is the actual interview. If you want to make a great impression on potential employers, here are some tips that will help you nail your next interview and land the job!
Research the company
Researching is one of the best ways to prepare for a job interview. This way, you can come into the interview armed with knowledge about the company. Hiring managers will be impressed by your initiative and it will show that you’re interested in the position. The best way to research a potential employer is to start with its website. Look for their mission statement and read through their About page. Then, take to Google and see what news stories are popping up about them. Finally, see if they have any social media accounts. By doing your research, you’ll be able to ask informed questions in the interview and show that you’re the right candidate for the job.
Plan your interview answers
An important part of any job search is pre-planning how to answer common interview questions. You should never walk into an interview without knowing how you’re going to answer basic questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”. While there are no magic answers to these questions, preparing ahead of time will help you to feel more confident and avoid getting tongue-tied during the interview. When asked about your strengths, you might want to mention a few specific skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. When talking about weaknesses, try to focus on areas that you’re working to improve. If you’re not the best at public speaking, you could mention that you’re joining a Toastmasters club to work on it. By preparing thoughtful answers to common interview questions, you’ll be equipped to make a great impression and land the job you want.
Dress for success
First impressions are important, so make sure you look the part. Wear clothes that are professional and appropriate for the job you’re interviewing for. If you’re not sure what to wear, err on the side of caution and go with something more formal. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. And while you want to look your best, don’t forget to be comfortable too. You don’t want to spend the entire interview fidgeting or tugging at your clothes. Finally, make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free. You want the hiring manager to focus on your qualifications, not your stained shirt.
If you remember these tips, you’ll definitely make a great impression on potential employers! If you need any more interview advice, be sure to check out our post on what questions you should ask the hiring manager in an interview. If you are still in the process of updating your CV and struggling, feel free to reach out and let us know what you’re after.