When it comes to looking for a new job, the percentage rate of reaching the interview stage is unfortunately very low. But, when you do land an interview for an organization, you’ll likely feel like you’ve won the lottery. Of course, you haven’t actually got the job yet; you still need to meet your potential new boss and convince him or her why you’re the model employee they’ve been waiting for.
So, how do you impress your interviewers at the interview? Here are a few tips to give you some help and inspiration:
Dress for success
Let’s face it: first impressions count when you meet someone for the first time. If your potential new boss thinks that you look like you’ve just stepped off the beach, they aren’t likely to shortlist you for the job.
That’s why it makes sense to dress for the occasion. Many people often get confused about what they should wear for an interview. In general, you should wear smart, formal clothing. The worst that can happen is that you feel overdressed for the occasion. But, at least it shows that you’ve made an effort to impress those that are considering hiring you.
Research and memorize key facts
One of the questions that you are likely to get asked at the interview is “how much do you know about the company?” and, of course, the job itself. With that in mind, you need to spend some time learning about the organization’s history, mission statement, and what they do. You’ll also need to remember what your likely roles and responsibilities will be in the job.
The sad truth is that many people crash and burn at the interview stage because their minds go blank out of fear or anxiety. To avoid that happening to you, it’s important you can remember key facts and information about the company and your role within it.
There are many strategies for getting this information to stick in your brain. One fun way is to create a match-up quiz on WordMint and print out a few copies. Doing so will help you both visualize and memorize the answers to important questions.
Know where you are going
No-one wants to be late for an interview because they can’t find where they are meant to be going! Before the big day, take a trip to the location where your interview will be held. Make mental or written notes of landmarks to help you memorize the route to the all-important destination.
You should also factor in traffic jams, especially if your interview is likely to be during a peak traffic period. Google Maps can help you determine when you should leave your home so you can get to your interview in plenty of time.
Print out a copy of your resume
Last, but not least, you should print out and take a copy of your resume to the interview. It can be a useful resource if you get asked to fill out any forms at the time, or if one of your interviewers wants another copy of it.
P.S. If you’re on the job hunt, I recommend finding ways to reduce stress in other areas of life. Here’s my budget friendly meal plan for busy seasons!