The job interview is the culmination of a successful job search, but to actually land the job you want, the interview must go well. A good interview will make all the difference in getting the job offer. Here are some tips to help you strengthen your interview presentation.
You probably already know that an interview can make or break your chance of getting hired. While a good interview can help you land the job you want, knowing what makes a good interview can help you to be more confident and better prepared.
There are a number of basic factors which too many people neglect to take seriously, so you should keep them in mind when planning for an interview. As the purpose of the interview is to let the prospective employer know that you are the person for the job, the way you present yourself at this first meeting will increase or ruin your chance of getting hired.
You want the employer to know that you are serious about your job searching. It is important to reflect this by dressing properly and attending to your grooming. If you are seeking a professional position, present yourself as a professional. This means wearing attire that is appropriate, not wearing any unnecessary jewelry, and using cosmetics only sparingly. It also means that you, as well as your clothing, must be immaculately clean. In addition, presenting a professional appearance means that your children, friends, and the use of gum or cigarettes have no place in or near your interview.
No matter what kind of job you are interviewing for, positive interview techniques are equally relevant for all. You should arrive for your interview before the scheduled time, make a point of using proper speech, avoid slang, and present a confident appearance.
As a good interview consists of providing the employer with the information he needs in order to consider you for the position, getting yourself in a positive frame of mind prior to the interview can be quite helpful. You will need to be able to answer his questions carefully and thoughtfully, but without any unnecessary delay. In addition to letting him know that you are qualified for the position, your interest in the company will show him that you are serious about this particular job. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company, as this will let him know that you care about his specific business.
While a firm handshake begins and concludes a good interview, it is important to not neglect to follow up after the interview. A brief thank-you note will not only show the employer that you are courteous and that you appreciate the time he put into the interview, it is also an excellent reminder to him that you are interested in the job.
The difference between an interview and a good interview is in your preparation to present yourself in a positive manner, and to follow through with it both during the interview and afterward. A good interview is the determining factor in your success.