Having a job interview can be stressful and exciting. Making sure you are well-prepared can help reduce anxiety and uncertainty. Here are some tips to not only succeed in your job interview but to increase your chances of getting the job!
Research the company you are interviewing for
Researching the company that you are interviewing for is essential in not only showing the business that you care about what they do but to giving yourself an introduction to your new potential workplace. Reviewing their website can show you their mission, values, and what they might expect from an employee.
Look up commonly asked questions
It can be beneficial to research what types of questions are commonly asked during job interviews pertaining to the field or type of company you are meeting with. This can reduce being surprised by any off-guard questions you might not be prepared for. Some people even prefer to practice answers to general interview questions in front of others prior to their actual interview.
Be confident and communicative
Likely, you are already a confident and friendly person with the ability to communicate. However, it helps to remember to express those qualities as they can get lost in our nervousness during an interview. Being confident in your skills and ability to present your answers will go a long way with potential employers and make you stand out against competitors.
Prepare any necessary materials
Depending on the position you are applying for, you may be asked to provide some type of sample or portfolio of your work. Bringing a small file or folder of your work, an updated, printed copy of your resume, is helpful and shows your preparedness.
Ask questions when necessary
Interview candidates may be hesitant to ask questions but don’t be afraid to ask for clarification and to learn more details about the company or position. Not only does it help make the expectations clear but shows your further interest in the role. For example, you may ask what a typical day looks like in the company, what the environment is like, or what salary ranges might be. It is also common to inquire about the benefits offered, if any.
Reach out after the interview
A day or two after the interview, it is wise to reach out to your interviewer or the company- usually via email- to thank them for their time and reinforce your interest in the position. You can also remind them to feel free to contact you with any further questions.