When heading into an interview it’s important to have a certain air around you. You want to be calm, confident and you want to make sure you know your stuff.
Use these tips as a guideline to structure your attitude going in to an interview. Employers will only genuinely believe you if you show these qualities through your actions. Always try and come up with unique ways to show your worth to employees.
Value their time more than anything
Start off on the right foot and show up early to the interviews. Show the employer you value their time and don’t want to waste any of it. Show up with a copy of your resume just in case and use the extra time to go over some of your responses in your mind.
Make a list of their problems and show why you’re the right person to solve them
Before you go into any interview you should have done your research. During this research make a list of things that you can help the company achieve. For example if your skills are in marketing show how they align with the company’s goal of getting more customers.
Conduct your research by going on the employer’s website and do some general research about the industry so you can figure out what their goals might be. Align your skills with them and show how you can help. If you can bring in specific problems in to the interview and show how you can help solve them you will be able to make a strong impression.
Don’t complain about the small stuff
Employers are always testing you in interviews, even the casual questions are tests of your character. If you get asked “Did you have trouble finding the place” or “How was your ride getting here” always remember to never complain.
Even if you had difficulties arriving, keep your game face on and don’t let it bother you. Employers are not looking for people that are already complaining before the interview starts, this is a big red flag.
It goes without saying that you always need to dress your best during interviews. Take the time the night before to get your outfit ready so there’s no surprises in the morning.
Avoid using slang words. Give firm handshakes and speak clearly.
Align your values with the company’s mission statement
Employers are interested in what you can do for them and if what you can do aligns with what they want. Every company has a mission statement, find out what it is and show them(not tell) that you share these same values.
For example if a company values family, friendship & hard work, find ways to SHOW them you share these values by giving concrete examples. Share with them your different experiences learned from sharing these values and show them how you would be able to contribute to their team.
Ask lots of INDUSTRY related questions
During your research come up with at least 3 questions that only qualified people in your industry would be able to ask. These questions can be about current events in your industry, old points of debate or any specific question you can think of.
Asking these targeted questions show that you are committed to accumulating new information and that you are an self motivated employee they can trust. Take the extra mile to impress your employer.
Go in to interviews ready to show employers what a great fit for their team you would be. If you can relate to them on a personal level you more often than not will be successful. You can do this by aligning yourself with their professional interests first. Make them feel as if they will miss out on something if they don’t work with you.
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