Hurray, you have an upcoming interview! You should do three things. Prepare your personal appearance, prepare your interview answers, and get yourself into the right mindset. Here are the best tips to be successful in your meeting.
Number 1 Tips
Attitude Goes a Long Way
Upon meeting the interviewer, thank him or her for meeting with you. Be interested and ask to hear more about the position. Try to show your enthusiasm for being considered to work at that company. You should have learned about the company prior to the interview and be able to point to what you like about it. The company might have won awards for customer service, product innovation, or best place to work.
Prepare for the Tough Questions
You will be asked about yourself. Prepare a short summary of both your overall background and your valuable traits. For instance, if you have been an engineer, explain that you have been an engineer for so many years and that you have worked on many projects. Describe your traits such as problem solver, reliable and self-motivated.
You will probably also be asked about your strengths, your weaknesses, and your top accomplishments. The interviewer will want to know why you want to work there and why they should hire you. Other questions might entail scenarios where you have to explain past experiences or how you would handle future situations.
If you have unusual situations such as gaps in employment or incomplete education, be ready to offset those red flags with your other accomplishments. Perhaps you are attending classes currently, or you have been doing volunteer work. Emphasize that your skills are up to date.
Finally, if you are really being considered for a position, you might be asked to take online assessment tests.
The Salary Question
Recently, there was someone who posted on social media that when she asked about salary via an email, the employer cancelled her second interview. Employers can become wary of someone who only seems interested in money.
The job applicant should emphasize what he or she can do for the company, rather than the other way around. You can say that while income is important, you are confident that your salary will increase with your work performance. However, do some research and self-reflection. When the company does offer you a position, you should know what you can live on and what the market is paying others.
How to End the Interview
You will most likely be invited to ask more questions. You can ask if the interviewer has any more questions about your background. Also ask when you might be contacted again. Ask who you will be working with, who will be your supervisor, what a day in the position entails, and which traits the supervisor values the most. Again, don’t ask about salary or benefits.
Ask for the interviewer’s business card. Send a thank you note or letter to the interviewer reiterating your interest in the position and your gratefulness for the opportunity to interview.
Believe in Yourself
Enter the interview process with the belief that you have already won the position. People, who think negatively, tend to self-sabotage. They start to tell the interviewer unflattering things about themselves. Yes, the job may be slightly over your head, or you might doubt that your experience is suitable, but never show that. Believe that you will rise to the occasion and you will!