How many times have you walked out of a job interview thinking “That went well” versus “That went great!” Job interviews are tricky because even after we evaluate ourselves and the company we are pursuing, how do we know what is the best way to approach the interviewing process? Below are three tips that will benefit you in the long run when it comes to interviewing, as well as a video with tips to spare!
Show Your Personality
Good: A good way to show your personality is to smile, express what a hard worker you are, and expand on your goals for working with the company.
Great: A GREAT way to show your personality is to make yourself unforgettable. When your interviewer asks how you are, say something that reflects your personal demeanor. “I’m great now the kids are back in school” is a more memorable than “I’m fine. Thanks. You?”. Use this tip to dive into your skills and ambitions as well.
Know The Company
Good: You know how long the company has been standing for, you know the president, and you know the company’s mission.
Great: A GREAT way to stand out in an interview is knowing the company’s reputation. “Your company is well known for it's nationwide awards for customer service” sounds better than “Your company has an excellent reputation for the last 50 years”.
Good: A good question is short, sweet, and simple to answer. It shows some interest in learning more about the position you are applying for.
Great: A GREAT question highlights your sincere interests and concerns. “What does a typical day look like for the position I’m applying for?” versus “What are some things I should know coming to work for your company?”
Overall, the goal of a job interview is to be hired. You want to walk away feeling like you’ve got the job. You also want to treat the interviewer and yourself with respect. Show who you really are; a professional and enjoyable person. Know the company's history in order to prove that you’ve done your research and that you have a genuine interest in the position you are applying for. Ask questions that help you explore the company. This way you can learn if this is a place you truly want to be.