Preparing for an interview is both exciting and a little nerve-racking. You are excited about the possibilities but nervous about how the conversation will turn out. You want to make a good impression. We have been in the employment business for more than 20 years, so we get it. At Palmer Group, the account executives have outstanding relationships with our clients to know the skills and talents needed for open positions. The recruiters take that knowledge to help individuals prepare well for upcoming interviews. Our team understands interviews. With that being said, we have compiled eight simple reminders to give you confidence and calmness for your upcoming interview.
1. Send thank you’s.
Even before the interview, send an email to the Human Resources employee who set up the meeting, express thanks for the opportunity, and confirm the time and place of the interview. After the conversation, send a follow-up note stating your appreciation. Let your gratefulness be clear throughout your communication.
2. Plan for your interview.
Map out the route to your destination and determine roughly how long it will take you to get there. Look at the weather forecast to see if you need any extra time for your commute and doublecheck for any road construction. You want to start on the right note without the risk of being late and flustered from the start. Also, clear your schedule as much as possible. Interviews can run longer than planned. This way you will not be distracted by watching the clock or rushing the interview; you will be calm and fully present in the conversation.
3. Look the part.
Many companies have casual dress codes, but interviews are an exception. Dress as professionally as you’re able. A suit is a great option. Men can wear a pressed shirt and tie, and women can wear a professional dress or a blouse combined with a skirt or nice pants. Go the extra mile and you will show potential employers you respect them and the company.
4. Turn off your cell phone.
You will not need your phone during the interview. You wouldn’t want well thought out answers to be interrupted by your phone ringing / vibrating. Make a good impression and let the interviewer know they have your full attention.
5. Be straightforward about who you are.
A common question often asked is, “Why do you think you are a good fit for the job?” Be sincere. Let them know how your strengths will be advantageous to the company. On the other hand, if they ask you about a time when you struggled or didn’t succeed, don’t shy away from an honest answer. Mistakes happen. If you see them as opportunities for growth, you show an admirable quality for any profession.
6. Get insight from the company website
By the time you get to your interview, you should be able to make some informed statements about the company. Read about their history and comment on their longevity and progress. Maybe their website shows various ways they invest in their community; you can commend them for their service. Be attentive. Your observations can show great respect for their company.
7. Pay attention to your body language and non-verbal gestures.
Practice sitting up straight and work on your smile, handshake, and eye contact. Though difficult, try your best to control your fidgeting- this will demonstrate your confidence and capability.
8. Have five well thought out questions to ask your interviewer.
- What is a typical day like?
- What do you see as the biggest challenge for this position?
- How would you describe your ideal candidate?
Be prepared. Questions like these show you are considering the responsibilities for the position and want to hear about their expectations.
If you have these steps completed, you will be on your way to a fantastic interview. Still nervous? Don’t worry! Reach out to the experts at Palmer Group. We are more than willing to help you with any final questions you may have about the process.
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