‚ÄúConfidence comes from being prepared.‚Äù ‚Äì John Wooden
¬†Are you on the job hunt? It can be a grueling process, particularly the interview stage. We‚Äôre sure you‚Äôve heard it before, but confidence and preparation are key to pulling off the flawless interview. Below are six essential tips for acing a job interview.¬†
- Know Your Audience ‚Äì Spend some time doing research in advance. Get to know the organization with which you‚Äôre interviewing and the industry in which they operate. On top of that‚Äîif possible‚Äîdo some research into the person or people who will be conducting your interview.
- Know What You‚Äôre Applying For ‚Äì Have a thorough understanding of the job description for the position you‚Äôre seeking. Come armed with examples of how you fulfill the various criteria listed. If there‚Äôs an area where you don‚Äôt quite qualify, be prepared to demonstrate why it is not an issue.
- Know How You‚Äôre Going to Answer ‚Äì In the course of your interview preparations, devote time to practicing responses to common questions. Don‚Äôt just do this in your head‚Äîpractice out loud, and in front of a mirror, if possible.
- Know How You‚Äôre Presenting Yourself ‚Äì Before any words even leave your mouth, you‚Äôre already making an impression‚Äîgood or bad‚Äîon the people around you. In light of that, put some thought into what you‚Äôll wear and the attitude you‚Äôll project via your body language. Lastly, be sure to arrive on time, if not early!
- Know What You Need to Bring With You ‚Äì It‚Äôs a good practice to bring along extra copies of your resume and references. You should also consider carrying a notepad and writing utensil with you, in case there‚Äôs anything you want to jot down during the interview.
- Know What You‚Äôre Going to Ask ‚Äì When your interviewers ask you if you have any questions for them, never turn them down! Demonstrate your interest in the job and curiosity about their organization with some well thought-out questions. ‚ÄúWell thought-out‚Äù is key‚Äîmake sure you‚Äôre not asking about information that can easily be found on the organization‚Äôs website, for example.¬†