22 April, 2017
Are you ready to take the next step to launch your career? If you’ve landed an interview with your existing employer, or a new firm altogether, follow these recommendations from the Human Resources professionals to ensure you make the most of your interview. Keep in mind, that once you have been selected for an interview, the hiring manager has determined that your qualifications meet the requirements for the position. Walk into the interviewing knowing that you’re qualified. The interview is the opportunity for the hiring manager to gauge your interest in the position, your personality and your drive. This is a two way street. The interview is also an opportunity for you to determine if the position and company are a match with your career goals and the work environment and company culture are in line with your values and priorities.
Do your research. Learn as much as possible about the company you’re interviewing with. Often, the best place to start is the company’s own website. You’ll learn about the product and service offerings, the company’s mission and its value statement. The website also serves to trigger questions you may have about the industry, the company’s reputation in the industry as well as long term company goals. Write these questions down and have them with you for the interview.
The most important things to wear to an interview are a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Err on the side of professional attire. Ditch your backpack and take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a classic handbag from the great selection offered at Victoria’s Secret. Lose the bling and excess jewelry. Leave the loud prints and bright colors in your closet and select a more subdued palate to make your first impression. You should be the star, not your clothes. Tone down your make-up and hair style as well.
Prepare to arrive at least fifteen minutes early for the interview. Greet the hiring manager with a firm handshake, a smile and relaxed eye contact. Be sure to follow up with the hiring manager with a hand written note on the day of the interview thanking them for their time. You’ll have an offer in your inbox in no time!