Tell me a little about yourself…
Your answer to that question and others can make the difference in whether you’re hired or not. Successful interviewing requires careful preparation and practice. Potential employers, hiring managers, and recruiters are evaluating you on a variety of attributes but what they really want to know is: can you do the job, what is your willingness to do the job, and how well will you will into the company culture.
There are a number of things you can do to make a good impression before, during and following an interview to get the advantage over the competition.
Click here for some quick tips:
- Know yourself- assess your accomplishments, experience and potential contributions.
- Know and understand the qualifications of the position for which you are interviewing.
- Learn as much as you can about the company and industry.
- Anticipate which questions you could be asked and be ready to answer them with specific examples.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Select interview attire, in advance, that is comfortable, professional looking, and fits well.
- Know where you are going to interview and how to get there.
- Arrive 15 minutes early; allow plenty of drive time.
- Bring additional copies of your resume, references, and other supporting material; use a tasteful portfolio.
- Maintain eye contact, good posture, and positive body language.
- Show your interest by asking thoughtful questions.
- Send a follow-up letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time and interest; Be sure to re-iterate your interest in the company and position emphasizing your qualifications.
- Keep in touch with the interviewer following the interview.
Remember, interviewing is a two-way street. You are also evaluating the position and company to determine whether they would be a good fit for you. You should always come prepared with questions to ask the interviewer.
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