>> Tuesday, May 22, 2012
If you are looking for a new job, it helps to know how to properly present yourself in the job interview. Some people find that it is nice to network ahead of time so you already know a little about the person that you are interviewing with. If you would like to stand out in a job interview, there are 5 simple things you can do in order to help yourself stand out.
1. Know the company well. Before you head in for the job interview, you need to know exactly what you are getting yourself into. Get to know the company and what they sell and what they do. When you research the company, you will be well-prepared for the interview and it will really impress the people that are interviewing you for the job. It is also a good idea to do additional research about the industry that you are interviewing in so it shows the company that you really do know what you are talking about and that you are familiar with current trends.
2. Always dress the part. No matter what the job is, this is something you are being paid to do. You need to dress appropriately! Always dress in a professional manner for the job interview as it makes you look nicer and always helps to impress the people that are interviewing you for the job.
3. Research questions and rehearse answers. Before the job interview you need to take some time to focus on the way that you will present yourself during the job interview. You want to research some common questions for job interviews and to come up with answers that sound nice. You should also plan on taking time to really prepare statements for random questions. You don’t want to go into the interview saying “um” all the time or looking like a deer in the headlights when they ask you a question. Prepare ahead of time as it can help you to remain calm during the interview. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to talk about both of them in the job interview.
4. Connect with the job interviewer. While this is an interview and you need to remain professional, take the time to have a conversation with the other person. Look for topics and things that you can connect with. You may find out some small details that you can use later on. Perhaps they just experienced the death of a loved one or something like this. After the interview you can send them sympathy cards to get all occasion cards to thank them for the job interview and to express your sympathy for their loss. This will really leave a good impression in their minds when they think of you.
5. Follow up. After the job interview you need to plan on following up. Normally they will let you know how soon you will hear from them. How about sending all occasion cards after the interview to thank them for their time? It’s a simple way to leave that last contact with them so you can get the job. Thanks, Anna