Congratulations! The hiring manager has seen something in your application or resume that stood out to them for the job and you have an interview. Interviews can be nerve-wracking even for the most experienced of us. It’s your moment to sell yourself as the ideal candidate for the job you are applying to; don’t squander it by letting your anxiety or unpreparedness get in the way. Below are some of the simplest, if not obvious, steps for presenting yourself properly for an interview.
- Do your research and prepare your story.
Understand the tasks and qualities that are listed in the job description. Think of things in your own life/experience that can demonstrate how you will be successful in completing the job requirements. Also think about and prepare your story – the big picture of your goals for your career and how this job fits into your plans and why this makes you the ideal candidate. For instance, if you’re applying for an accounting position at VS Integracija, you should be able to explain why that job fits into your future plans and how it isn’t just some random job or position you’ve applied to along with a million others.
- Be on time.
Even a minute late to the interview is late. However, you also don’t want to show up too early. Try to arrive within 5 minutes of the start time. Even if you show up earlier to be safe, try to wait around before you announce yourself so as not to put pressure on your interviewer while you wait for them.
- Dress appropriately.
These days workplaces are becoming more and more casual; however, it is imperative that you still show up dressed well for an interview. The expression “better to be overdressed than underdressed” is especially true for interviews. Show your interviewer that you take care in how you look as this will give the impression that you also take care in your work.
- Bring your resume.
Yes, your interviewer already received your resume when you applied for the job. It is, however, good form to bring it along. It shows preparedness and care. It is part of your sell. You have arrived on time, looking nice, and with your detailed experiences on a piece of paper for the interviewer’s reference and convenience.
- Say “thank you.”
This should be obvious, but often candidates skip this crucial step. The interviewer has taken time to get to know you, to give you a chance to sell yourself for the job. They also likely have had/will have more interviews before and after you. Stand out from the crowd and help them remember you by sending a nice thank you note either by email or post. Additionally, this helps to show them that your interest in the job is serious.
Naturally many job interviews require different preparation for things such as tests and assessments; however, this list is meant to be a base from which to propel your interview skills. The more interviews you have, the more you’ll recognize what additional steps you yourself need to take when preparing. The most important thing is just to get out there and do your best.