You did it! The hiring manager chose you as one of the top candidates from the stack of applications. To help you continue to stand out as a top candidate, you’ll need to ace the interview. In the first two posts in this three-part series, we covered the steps you should take before looking for a job and how to stand out during the application phase. In this post, we’ll share our top interview tips. Here are a few ways to increase your chance of receiving a second interview – or, better yet, a job offer:
Practice answering common interview questions
While you don’t know exactly what questions will be asked during the interview, there are a number of common interview questions that you can practice. Nail down answers to questions like “tell me about yourself,” “why are you interested in this position/company,” and “what are your strengths/weaknesses.” Look in the mirror and practice your answers. Better yet, do some mock interviews with a friend.
Have questions prepared
At the end of most interviews, you’ll be asked if you have any questions. Your answer to this question absolutely must be ‘yes!’ Having thoughtful questions at the ready will show that you are interested and prepared. (Need help crafting questions? Check out this post.)
Dress for success
Part of making a strong first impression is dressing the part. Set out what you will wear the day before the interview. If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask about the company dress code. If in doubt, err on the conservative side. While you don’t want to be overdressed, you certainly don’t want to be underdressed.
Follow up with a thank you note
We are often asked if thank you notes are passé. No, in fact, they are encouraged! Not everyone will take the time to write a note, giving you another opportunity to stand out from the pack! The turnaround time for hiring can be quick, however. To ensure that the hiring manager receives your note before making hiring decisions, send your note via email within 24 hours. Be sure to include insights gained from your time with your interviewer.
Remember, thorough preparation is key! Interviewing is a learned skill and takes practice to master. Follow these tips and you’re sure to stand out as a top contender for the job! To learn more, check out our blog post on mastering the interview. Good luck!
Thank you for following along in our three-part series on standing out during the job search! If you haven’t already, read part 1 and 2 to learn more about starting the job hunt and applying for jobs. We also invite you to check out our blog and career resources! Or if you’re looking for your next job, check out our current openings!