Five Tips to Nail Your Upcoming Interview
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Having an interview can be nerve-wracking. You worry about the kinds of questions they will ask and if you're as qualified as the other candidates. I've put together five tips to nail your upcoming interview.
1. Look The Part
It's no secret that first impressions set the tone of what people think of you. What you choose to wear says a lot about you. You want to dress to impress but also be taken seriously. Wear clothing that will have the interviewer listening to your strengths and someone they can see on their team. The four "looks" below are perfect for any type interview. Whether you're interviewing for an internship or a big marketing position.
2. Be On Time
This should really go without saying, however; I will. You should plan out your morning/afternoon to ensure that you're on time. Plan ahead for a flat tire or traffic on the freeway. Arriving at least 10-15 minutes early gives the impression that you're put together and reliable. Arriving late typically gives the impression that you could care less and often employers see that as a snapshot of you as an employee.
3. Do Your Research On The Company
You want to be knowledgeable about the company that you're applying for. Get familiar with the company's mission, in particular. This will help during your interview when asked certain questions, you can relate them back to the company's mission and how you intend to carry it out.
4. Ask Questions
Some of the best interviewees are the ones who ask questions. Interviewers expect you to be curious about the position because it shows your level of interest. Have at least 3-5 questions ready to ask at the end of the interview.
5. Send a Handwritten Thank-You Note
Immediately after the interview, get a thank you card. Be sure to include to the name of the person who interviewed you and specific points of the conversation. Thank them for their time and the opportunity. Be sure to mail it right away because they will likely get it in 48 hours.
Here's an example:
Thank you for the opportunity to interview at ___________ for the administrative assistant position. I loved being able to take a tour; your facilities are beautiful.
I'm confident I'll be an excellent fit for your company with my bubbly positive attitude, my reliability, and past experiences doing similar work; I'm optimistic I will surpass your expectations.
I'm very interested in working for a prestigious company like yours and looking forward to hearing from you.
These five tips to nail your upcoming interview are all strategies that I've used in my life. I believe each of these is equally as important as the last when trying to nail a job. What are some strategies that you've used in your past to kill that interview?