Your resume has made it past the first screen and among all the candidates that have applied you have received the invitation for the interview. Are you ready?! We can help. Below are some great tips to help you think through and prepare for a successful interview. Want some extra practice? Call us, we can run through a mock interview with you so that you are warmed up and ready to go on interview day.
Dress appropriately: Either business or business casual depending on the industry. Nothing too tight, revealing, or bold. Make sure clothing is neat and clean. Grey, black, or navy suits or dresses work best.
A strong, comfortable introduction gives a positive first impression. The best way to prepare is to create your very own “30-60 second commercial.” This is simply a statement that is 30 seconds to one minute long that allows you to do the following:
Refine your manners. Greet everyone with a smile and a firm handshake. Be confident, enthusiastic, and polite. Maintain good posture. Don’t focus on the goodies from the company’s table; focus on your goals. Use the person’s name and say thank you. Know when to move on; others may be waiting. Collect business cards and ask who is serving as the contact person. Make notes about your conversation with each representative and use this information in follow-up letters and phone calls. Send thank-you letters within 24 to 48 hours.
Request information from the corporate representatives by asking intelligent questions that demonstrate your knowledge of the company, your interest, as well as your awareness of your needs in a career opportunity. Some good questions:
And be yourself! Enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and increase your network.
Offer a brief statement of what you think you could offer the organization or company. Rehearse your commercial, or introduction, in front of a mirror or with a friend. This will enable you to become so comfortable with your introduction that you are able to deliver it in a natural, unrehearsed way. A good presentation will increase your confidence, allowing you to appear relaxed and self-assured, even if you are a bit nervous
In today’s job market having the inside connection to new positions is key. This is why networking is vital to your professional success.
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