You Got The Interview - Now What?

The idea of hard work is something all companies require, regardless of what field your business is in. There are very few companies out there that can get by with just one employee, which means hiring workers is going to be a must. Without an interview process, there would be no way for employers to know if a prospective employee is going to be a good fit for the company. This is why becoming a master of the job interview will help you succeed in whatever profession you choose to pursue.

Quick Tips To Prepare For The Interview Day

The first thing to always remember when preparing for a job interview is that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. May sound like some obvious advice, but please allow me to elaborate on that point. More meaning is derived from nonverbal cues than from verbal ones, so intensively preparing for the interview is going to be necessary. Preparing for an interview can be as simple as going over sample questions you feel they may ask you during the interview, all the way to micromanaging every hair on your head to ensure you are maximizing the new haircut you just got last week. The point is the more you prepare for the interview, the more confident you will feel when you walk in.

The second thing to prepare for is short answer questions. Most likely, your prospective employer is going to ask you about a time you were placed into a bad situation and what steps you used to resolve that situation. Most people are nervous in interviews, so they will unconsciously rush through their story to get onto the next question. WRONG. Take this time to illustrate to your potential employer the inner workings of your brain, and how you resolved the situation. While most applicants believe the employer is judging them based on their answer, what they don’t realize is the interviewer is paying closer attention to how they communicate and whether they do it clearly and effectively. According to a study from the consulting firm Millennial Branding, effective communication was rated as a top skill necessary for any job applicant from 98% of employers. So just remember, it’s not always about what you say, but how you say it.

The third trait to hone in on for your upcoming job interview is staying flexible. Most jobs are going to have processes that the employer will expect you to follow. While these processes are going to be paramount to the person interviewing you, they will likely probe you in an attempt to figure out how you improvise when a process can’t be followed and you need to think on your feet. Through descriptive storytelling, a good answer will be one that conveys a situation where you switched gears to keep the process moving forward.

The final trait to ensure you have success at your next job interview is being prompt. Showing up late to a job interview will most likely end the interview before it even begins. Even showing up 2 minutes before your interview will many times convey untimeliness to your prospective employer. However, the same can be said about people who show up too early for their interview. For example, someone who shows up 30 minutes early for their interview will require someone to address them before their scheduled time. This can not only be annoying, but also make the employer rush through their current task to get to you. This will cause them stress, which is the wrong way to kick off your first impression. Time your arrival to be 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. This will convey that you care about the position, as well as the prospective employers time.

Being Prepared Will Calm Your Nerves

Putting these quick tips into place will help you to feel prepared and ready for your interview. It is important to not feel rushed or scattered before going into your interview, your interviewing audience may pick up on that.

Happy Interviewing!

-The Project Pros