5 job interview tips to help you land a new job
TRADE AND TECHNOLOGY — With so many job openings these days, you might think it will be easy for you to slip into a new role. Not so fast! There is still a lot of competition for the best jobs, so it pays to be as prepared as possible.
Consider these five tips to help you make an impression and land your dream job
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Avoid thinking of the interview as your first step towards a new job. Once you’ve set the appointment, it’s time to deepen your knowledge of the company and the position. Ideally, you’ve done some of that legwork when you’ve created a personalized resume and cover letter, but for the interview, you need to know more. After you’ve armed yourself with all the information you can, practice answering the questions you expect the interviewer to ask you.
2. Decide what the interviewer needs to know about you.
Using the job description as a guide, create a list of points you want to communicate to show how your experience and knowledge matches the role. During the interview, watch out for opportunities to share these details about your skills. Most interviewers will give you the option to add information that you haven’t covered. Use this time to provide a succinct summary of how you can succeed in the position.
3. Create your own list of questions.
An interview is not just about determining if you are suitable for a job; you also need to decide if the job is right for you. Consider what you need to know to accept an offer with confidence. You can organize your thoughts by considering what is essential in a new job and what aspects are “nice to have”.
4. Present yourself as a winning candidate.
Impressions are everything when it comes to interviews. Dress to impress in well-fitting work-appropriate clothes and practice good grooming habits, including details like trimming your nails and minimizing distractions like pet hair. Arrive early enough that you won’t be rushed or agitated when you check in for your appointment. Use good posture, a firm handshake, and a clear, confident voice. Speak with authority but with respect and try to make the interview comfortable and conversational.
5. Leave a lasting impression.
Before you end the interview, ask for clear information about the next steps in the process. Within 24 hours, send follow-up messages to everyone you’ve met. Thank them for their time and include specific references to your conversation, such as clarifying a question or reiterating a key point. It should not be a cut-and-paste message, but rather a message tailored to each individual. End by reiterating your interest and how your skills match.