HOW TO ACE AN INTERVIEW

So you sent in your resume and received a callback for an interview in person…now what?

Landing a job can be very stressful for people entering the professional world. Understanding the proper etiquette and skill set required for each company you send an application to can be one of the trickiest parts of acing an interview. Companies want to know what you can bring to the table and intend to do for them to make their life easier.

Depending on the type of company you are applying to become a part of – the hiring manager may want to see some charisma or uniqueness. A business wants to know that you are enthusiastic about the job opportunity and don’t solely see it as a way to pay bills. Only offering the appropriate skill set or experience does not guarantee you will beat out other applicants for the same job. Of course, nothing is ever guaranteed in life but a little personality and pep in your step can go a long way in helping you ace a job interview.

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DO YOUR HOMEWORK

  • RESEARCH THE COMPANY – Understanding the company’s branding, hours, locations are major details that should be known when you walk through the front door.
  • CHECK OUT GLASS DOOR – By typing in a business name on Glass Door, any person on the internet can see true reviews from employees about that specific company. They are often tips and advice from current employees that could help you get your foot in the door as well.
  • ASK QUESTIONS – In order to ace an interview, you need to ask questions! While doing you’re homework on the company, write down any questions you may want to ask during the interview. Questions are a good way of showing you are interested in the company enough to take the time to get more information.

BE READY TO SHARE

  • ANSWERING QUESTIONS – In order for a hiring manager to get to know you the best way possible in the allotted time, you need to be able to share experiences that shine you in the best light.
  • EXPLAINING WITH DETAILS – While relating to your past experiences during the interview, being able to demonstrate relevant experience through details of that story will allow the company to remember you. Give them a story to listen to where you learned a lesson in the end.

UNDERSTAND THE ETIQUETTE

  • ATTIRE – Depending on the type of company, the attire for a job interview will be vary. Dressing business casual is the safest way to go but a job applicant can never be considered overdressed.
  • BEHAVIOR – Always stay professional! Shake hands when you walk in. Talk slowly and clearly. Make good eye contact.

 

THESE SUREFIRE TIPS WILL MAKE LANDING A JOB EASY!

“Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

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