Securing an interview after filling out countless applications can feel like a light at the end of the tunnel. While you should be excited about your opportunity to interview, you still have to convince the hiring manager that you belong on the team. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips that can help you land the job; here are three:
1. Exude Confidence
If you feel you’re the right person for the job, prove it! Speak clearly, don’t allow your nerves to tempt you to speed through your answers, and be as succinct as possible when explaining your thoughts. Know that your appearance matters. Dress with authority, be mindful of your posture, and remember to smile. Maintain eye contact and don’t be afraid to gracefully ask the questions and give direct answers that other candidates won’t. Lastly, end with a hearty handshake that will further prove your poise. Your goal is to leave your interviewer with the impression that you are self-assured and ready to join the company.
2. Prepare Questions for the Interviewer
Towards the end of almost every interview, you’ll be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. This is your time to shine! Posing your questions effectively can tell your future employer a lot about you, so don’t waste the opportunity. Before your interview, research the company. Look into its history, current events, and future trajectory. Use what you learn to craft thought-provoking questions that demonstrate your thinking skills and show the interviewer you’ve invested time into studying the company. When you ask your questions, be sure to preface them with a few details about yourself that speak to the source of your curiosity.
3. Follow-Up Correspondence
The final step of putting your best foot forward is following your interview (within 24 hours) with a thank you card or email. Because this will be the last impression you leave, make it count. Express gratitude to your interviewer, reiterate your interest in the position and add any additional information about any lingering points discussed during the interview. Close with a personal statement about something the interviewer mentioned about themselves or an upcoming event. Also, feel free to send a thank you note to any other employees whom you had extended correspondence with.
A successful interview is the only obstacle standing between you and the position of your dreams. Therefore, it’s essential that you are well-studied. Keep these three interview tips in mind as you prepare to secure your next job and pursue future endeavors.