Recruiters are a job-seeker’s best friend and will advocate for you to your future employer, and work with you to prepare you to land the job. But once you’re in the interview, it’s on you to do your thing. Don’t forget these 5 tips for nailing the interview.
- Prep! Prep! Prep!
Your nerves alone can dive-bomb your chances of looking like a good recruit for the interviewer. Preparation is the antidote! This means learning about the company, the employer and the position. You certainly don’t want one tough question to make you appear unprepared; so take the time to find the answers before the questions are given.
2) Turn the Interview around!
You must ask questions, for the purpose of 1) Learning more about the position 2) Being engaged in your own hiring process and 3) Demonstrating your ability to communicate and work with someone – after all, you are there to see if you are a fit and communication is the key to any relationship. But don’t overdo it. Ask some direct questions that demonstrate that you are already thinking ahead to working for the company.
3) Be Respectful
A good impression is made simply by being respectful. Being on time, being presentable, being friendly and being conversational are key ingredients. Your interviewer is reading you and trying to envision how you will fit in with his or her team. Show your best.
4) Be Honest
You will be asked tough questions regarding your qualifications and experience; If there is something that disqualifies you from the position, make sure you answer honestly and optimistically. A good interview can spot fluff in your resume. Simply because you have not done something before doesn’t mean you cannot learn it if you are a quick learner, a team player and the like. There is no need to lie about where you have been if you show that you are eager to work and to learn. Give a concrete example of a similar, transferable experience, and speak to your eagerness to grow in these areas.
5) Be Proactive
If you don’t land the job, reach out to the interviewer or your recruiter and ask what went wrong. Keep notes and adjust for your next interview!
by Adam Vega