Ace The Interview

The interview can make or break your chance at the new opportunity.  Success starts with preparation.  Be sure to spend some time for the following milestones:

Get all of the facts

Make sure you know the time, location, interviewer's name and title, and position title for which you are interviewing. Do you have emergency home and work numbers of your recruiter and company contact?  Nothing can tank an interview faster than merely showing up unprepared.

Do your research

Take some time to research the company.  Learn about their culture, range of products and services, size of the company, etc.  Be sure to spend some quality time on their website or try track down an annual report to learn more about who they are and what they do. 

Tools of the trade

Interviews start with mental and physical preparation.  It sets the stage for success.  Arrive to your interview at least 15 minutes early to review your notes.  If you are conducting a phone interview, be sure to settle into a quiet, uninterrupted space.  Be sure to have a copy of your resume, a pen and notepad, abovementioned company information, and a list of questions for the company on hand.

Charisma & charm

Statistics show that companies don't always hire the most qualified candidate. They hire based on fit and their company culture. Enthusiasm, passion and excitement are the biggest selling points a candidate can bring to an interview. Companies feel these traits translate directly over to performance and work ethic.  Showing your personality can help you rise above other qualified applicants.

Armed with accomplishments

Some interviewers like to ask the question, "Tell me about yourself." They want to hear how you communicate, whether you're articulate, or whether you ramble. The employer wants to hear about your professional qualifications. What in your background will benefit their company?

Plan for a 1-2 minute script outlining your education, career progression, current position, and where you want to go in your career.  Spending time  thinking this through, ahead of your interview, will allow for a composed, smooth introduction.

Ask questions

It's important to let the interviewer know that you have a high interest level by asking questions. Prepare a list of questions you will ask the company during the interview. 

Leave a lasting impression

Send a thank-you note. Be sure to send a brief follow up letter immediately after your interview. E-mail is preferred.

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