Tips for Successful Interviews

January 28, 2017 by  

Today when an organization is looking for a new hire they generally have a large pool of candidates to choose from. Therefore, if you are seeking a new position, it is very important to prepare well before an interview so that you will have a good chance of doing well during the interview.
So what should you do?

Here are some tips to consider:
1. Take a practice run to the interview location so that you know exactly where it is, how long it will take you to get there, and where you can park.
2. Research the company ahead of time so you know their history, their core values, their goals, and their mission statement.
3. Practice for the interview by preparing possible answers for the most frequently asked questions. However, do not memorize those replies or you will sound robotic.
4. Don’t rely on your application or resume to do the selling for you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
5. Dress appropriately to suit the culture of the organization. If you are not able to determine that ahead of the interview, it is always better to be a bit overdressed and conservative in your attire.
6. If an unexpected question is offered, one you did not prepare for, you can ask to have them repeat the question to give you a bit more time to compose an appropriate answer. In any event, a short pause is okay, not a long one.
7. Do not appear “desperate” for the position, rather be interested and exude confidence rather than aggression. Be sincere and honest.
8. Be sure to be well groomed, polite, and attentive.
9. Greet the interviewer (by name if you can determine that ahead of time), look them in the eye and firmly shake hands.
10. Good idea to bring along extra resumes, just in case they ask for one.
11. Try to demonstrate how you will be valuable to the organization, not what they can do for you.
12. Prepare a few questions you wish to ask. If the information you are seeking is shared during the interview, you will not need to use them, however, if there are some points you wish to determine, there is nothing wrong with asking.

Remember, the organization is likely interviewing many candidates and if you want to stand out and earn the second or third interview for this position, you want to make the right impression at the first interview. In order not to leave a poor impression, be sure to turn off your cell phone before entering the interview room, make sure to come a few minutes early, and if they require any further forms to be filled out, do it neatly, completely, and accurately.

Finally, never speak negatively about former employers, colleagues, or managers as this will not endear you to a new organization. Best to keep the conversation professional and positive. Always be truthful, to the point, and simple.
I wish you success and your preparation will help you to win that new position so be sure to put in the time necessary to arrive prepared and confident!


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