Follow our tips to nail your next interview!
Do Your Homework
Prepare for the interview by doing some research on the interviewing company: How long have they been in business? What services do they offer? What are the company’s goals? If you can’t find answers, they make great questions for the end of the interview (see #6).
Make sure you have everything you’ll need for the interview. Bring a fresh copy of your resume and cover letter (if applicable), a copy of your certifications, as well as a notepad and pen to take notes.
Dress the Part
This may seem obvious, but I’ve see more than one person show up to be interviewed in smelly, dirty work clothes. Wear clean clothes free from stains, dirt, and holes. It’s better to over-dress than under.
Be Confident, not Cocky
Your prospective employer wants to know that you’re qualified to do the job. Be confident in your replies (but not arrogant).
Brag About Your Accomplishments
This is the opportunity to show off what you’ve gone and what you can do. Take the time to share relevant experience (even if it isn’t on your resume).
Having a few questions at the end of the interview makes you look prepared and eager to work. Here are a few examples of what to ask:
- How do you measure success with your firm?
- Can you tell me about the crew I’ll be working with?
- What do you enjoy most about working with this company?
If you don’t land the job, don’t let your efforts be wasted! Take the time to reflect on the interview to see where you exceled and where you need to improve. That way you’ll knock the next one out of the park.
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