Asserting that you’re interested in a job is easy if you ask pertinent questions at an interview. Your inquiries demonstrate your thoughtful consideration of both the role itself and what it could mean for your career development.
Do not ask questions that can easily be found online, such as “How much vacation time am I entitled to?”.
1. Be on Time
Be prompt for interviews; being punctual shows professionalism. Arriving late could also give off the impression that you will arrive late to work once hired, sending an unfavorable signal about how reliable and punctual you might be.
Arriving too early can also leave an unfavorable impression. It will convey to your interviewer that you are overeager and unprepared, while also taking away from his or her time needed for preparation or other tasks.
Plan ahead and allow extra time for traffic delays or unexpected issues when scheduling interviews, familiarize yourself with their location in advance so you know how long it will take you, bring copies of your resume and notebook/journal for notes during interviews, as well as business cards of interviewers for follow up after.
2. Dress to Impress
Make an impressionful first impression at any interview by looking your best and exuding professionalism with every aspect of your appearance, such as showering immediately prior to an interview, shaving freshly and selecting an outfit suitable for the company in which you are applying – for women, this typically means wearing a dress or skirt with blouse while smart business attire would do.
Not to forget your accessories – be sure to keep them neatly tied or clasped, smile often and practice handshakes – body language accounts for 55% of communication and it is key that you be confident when carrying yourself during an interview. Avoid nervous habits like shaking your leg or clicking your pen; relax as much as possible during this phase.
Preparing for an interview can be made much simpler when practicing with a friend. Switch roles between each round and receive feedback on your responses from each role-player. Rehearsing can also help build confidence ahead of real interview situations and ensure you leave an impressive first impression with interviewers when meeting face-to-face. Also practice your introduction speech so you’re prepared when asked about yourself!
3. Be Prepared for Questions About Your Resume
Preparing answers to tough or unexpected questions is key when interviewing, and practicing responses ahead of time to ensure you can respond in a manner that is appropriate and pertinent to the job in question. For example, when an interviewer asks about your greatest strength and weakness it’s essential that you provide honest responses while explaining how you have worked to address weaknesses – for instance if an interviewer mentions how nervous you get during presentations then this is an opportunity to mention how public speaking courses have helped build up confidence.
As part of your preparation, it’s also advisable to have answers prepared for any potential interviewer questions about your past work experience. When asked why you left previous companies, providing an articulate and convincing response can be challenging if not prepared in advance. When creating this answer use the Situation-Action-Result technique so as to remember every aspect of the situation that led you there; be sure to include any unique skills or strengths which helped achieve success during previous roles.
4. Be Prepared for Questions About the Company
Be ready when interviewing with any company to answer questions about its organization. By conducting some preliminary research into them beforehand, it will enable you to connect your skills, experience, and values to their mission – which in turn demonstrates why you would make an ideal fit for their firm.
As part of any interview process, an interviewer may pose questions to you regarding why you wish to work at this particular company or why this particular role appeals to you. Therefore, it is crucial that you prepare answers that clearly and succinctly demonstrate your enthusiasm and demonstrate why this job interests you.
To address these types of questions, it’s advisable to do your research on the company ahead of your interview by reading through their website and taking note of anything that piques your interest – such as any projects they might be involved with that could relate to your strengths and interests. Beware rehearsing answers as this can sound canned; practice with friends or family before the interview so that you’re at ease answering these types of queries during it.
5. Be Prepared for Questions About the Job
Hirers want to see that candidates can understand what their company or department requires of them and how you would fit into an already established organization. Interviewers may ask you questions such as, “What responsibilities will someone in this role need to fulfill?” or “What problems must someone in this role solve?”.
Be ready for these types of questions by reading the job description carefully and matching up your experience with what they need. Write down and practice talking points that demonstrate how your skills match up to their requirements.
Lily Zhang of MIT suggests using the present-past-future approach when responding to this question. This involves discussing your current work or past employment (including key responsibilities and accomplishments), followed by your path leading up to this position and why they’re interested in it.
At an interview, having great answers will keep you on your toes; but mastering delivery will only add value. Don’t forget to practice for this part of the interview by practicing before a mirror and being ready with compelling, confident, and concise responses when the time comes.
6. Be Prepared for Questions About the Company’s Culture
Though hiring managers may provide some insights into company culture during an interview, it’s wiser to gain a comprehensive overview. You can do this by asking several pertinent questions such as those concerning teamwork within the organization and socializing outside work (i.e. attending parties and happy hours).
Preparing for interview questions of this nature is key, so that you are aware of what to expect. Furthermore, practicing responses before hand can make answering them in the interview much simpler and less nerve-wracking.
One way of doing this is to compile a list of behaviors your interviewer might be searching for and identify examples where you have demonstrated them. Once this list is ready, use it during interviews as talking points on each behavior; this will allow you to stand out among competitors while creating a favorable impression with interviewers.
Prior to an interview, it’s advisable to practice your body language by not fidgeting with your hands, playing with your hair or crossing legs; such gestures could send out signals that signal nervousness or defensiveness to an interviewer.
7. Be Prepared for Questions About Your Salary
One of the most crucial interview questions is “What are your salary expectations?” As answering this question will ultimately define your negotiation process, it is essential to prepare in advance by researching typical salaries in your region and understanding your own skills and experiences.
When answering this question, it’s essential that you provide an honest but realistic response. Never “sell yourself short,” nor be intimidated into accepting less than what is owed you. At the same time, do not over-sell yourself; coming in too high could eliminate yourself from consideration for an opportunity.
Additionally, when responding to this question it’s essential to provide specific examples and facts as this will demonstrate your knowledge and build up credibility.
Make sure to brush up on your interview skills prior to any real interviews by practicing with friends or family members, conducting mock interviews, and reviewing body language prior to the actual interview – this can help ensure you feel more at ease during actual interviews and provide you with confidence and comfort during actual ones. Furthermore, reviewing body language before an interview is also useful – such as making sure fidgeting hands or legs doesn’t send signals of nerves or unpreparedness during discussions.