It may seem repetitive hearing how to prepare for an interview, and it is, but that is because employers are still seeing the same red flags when going through an interviewing process. In order to help you from making those mistakes I have put together a few tips that can help you have a better interview and possibly get you the job.
1. Always overdress
This is not to say go above and beyond a suit and tie, but dress for the occasion. You would rather be safe than sorry in this scenario and overdressing an interview that has a more casual environment will always – ALWAYS – look better than being under-dressed. As a junior in college I have heard numerous employers tell different stories about a person who comes into an interview wearing pajamas or shorts and a tank-top, and none of those people were considered from that point on. Do yourself a simple favor and dress for the occasion, and when in doubt overdress.
2. Bring résumés
You walk into an interview, shake the hand/hands of the interviewer(s) and take a seat. Then they ask you for a copy of your résumé, and whether you have one or not is a breaking point. Sending your résumés with a job application does not ensure that the person interviewing you will receive one. In a lot of cases the interviewer will have one, but if there are multiple interviewers they may not have one for everyone. Bringing extra résumés will also show that you are prepared and will put you in a good position to start off the interview.
3. Be knowledgeable
A tip of advice that may be lesser known than others is to be knowledgeable of the place you are interviewing for. This goes beyond what it does, where they are, how big they are and so on. This is you, as the interviewee, doing research on the entity to show that you are truly interested in being a part of their team. Use the research to boost yourself in the interview by sliding in some of your knowledge of their business when answering questions. Doing this shows the interviewers that you took the initiative to go the extra mile and that will give you an edge when it comes down to decision time.
4. Have questions
An extremely important tip for interviews is to have questions for them. This is stressed so much because it is important. What is also equally important is what you ask. The significance of asking a question is that it shows the employer that you are engaged with the job and the interview process and have come up with questions for them. However, the questions must be intuitive and not forced. If you do not have a question, don’t just blurt something out. Instead, go into the interview with three or four questions for them and if they do not answer any of them you can ask them at the end. Use some of the knowledge from tip 3 and create some engaging questions for the employer to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
5. SELL YOURSELF
The last tip I have for you, and the most important interview tip I have ever been given, is to SELL YOURSELF. An interview is a place for you to show the employer why you should be picked over everyone else that has applied for the same position. So tell them exactly that- why you are great and what makes you the best candidate out there. Exploit your confidence and go in there ready to let them know that you are exactly what they need!
No matter how professional or casual the job interview may be, always remember to use these tips to prepare for it and avoid being passed over at the decision process!