After a long and tireless job search you have finally been called in for an interview. You will face a multitude of questions. Some will be easy, others will be hard, and many may even be tricky. While is impossible to predict everything that will be asked of you at your interview, here are ten tips to help ensure your success through the interview process.
1. Arrive To Your Job Interview Early
By arriving around fifteen minutes early you will show your interviewer that you are punctual. No matter what the profession, this is an important asset in any company employee.
2. The Power Of Body Language
Start with a firm handshake when you walk in the room and give them a bright and sincere smile. Retain eye contact throughout your interview. Be sure to avoid any nervous habits such as chewing your fingernails, tapping your feet, twisting your hair, or looking nervously around the room. All of these tips will help you portray a confident image.
3. Emphasizing Your Strengths
It is almost a one hundred percent certainty that you will be asked about your strengths and weaknesses. Be familiar with your strengths and how they relate specifically for the job for which you are applying.
4. Think Carefully About Your Weaknesses
This is one question that can be very tricky. Never answer with, “I don’t believe I have any weaknesses.” This can lead your interviewer to believe that you are arrogant. One way of tackling this question is picking a weakness that may also be considered a strength. For example you may say, ” My weakness is I am impatient with co workers who do not carry their weight. I am a firm believer in teamwork.”
5. Never Apologize For Lack Of Experience
Many companies actually enjoy the fact that they can teach you their company procedures without any confusion as to different practices from a previous employer.
6. Wait for The Interviewer To Bring Up Salary
It is not uncommon for salary not to be discussed at a first interview with many companies. We all know that salary is very important, but you do not want it to appear like it is the only consideration.
7. Never Speak Badly Of Your Previous Employer
If you and your previous employer did not see eye to eye, try to describe your experience as something positive rather than negative. If you hold grudges against your former employer, your interviewer may feel you will one day feel the same about their company.
8. Be Ready To Ask Questions
Many interviewers will ask if you have any questions. You should be ready ahead of time with a couple of questions. Also, pay close attention during your interview and ask at least one question based on your conversation with the interviewer.
9. Do Not Expect An Immediate Job Offer
Most interviews do not follow with an immediate job offer. You can expect to wait anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before you receive a call.
10. Quick and Courteous Closing
Thank your interviewer for seeing you, smile and close with a firm handshake.
Now that you are prepared just relax and be yourself. Good luck with your job interview!