How to Interview Better – 7 Surefire Ways to Knock-the-Socks off Your Interviewer
Posted Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009 by
The job interview is probably one of the most important parts of getting the job you want. It’s your opportunity to show off your skills and impress your future boss.
However, it’s easy to get nervous, which can cause you to fumble over words – and possibly even forget how to answer an easy question.
So here are 7 ways to knock the socks off the interviewer – and get the job you want.
1. Research the Company
One surefire way to impress your employer is do research on the company. Learn about the company’s mission, its customers, its competition, the industry, and read any current press releases. Visit the company’s website and learn everything you can. The more you know, the more likely you may impress your future employer.
2. Memorize Some Company Facts
Make flash cards with some key points you learned about the company. Memorize any important details you could mention in your interview to show the interviewer that you have done your research.
3. Dress to Impress
Make sure you walk into your interview dressed very well. It’s better to be over-dressed than to look like just a regular employee. You want people to see you and think you are a top-notch consultant.
4. Be Prepared to Answer the Common Questions
Many interviewers ask typical questions – and you should be prepared to answer them. Practice answering these questions with a friend during a mock interview to prepare yourself:
o Tell me about yourself.
o Why are you interested in this job?
o Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
o What is your ultimate career goal?
o Tell me about a project that had a tough problem that you solved.
o What are your greatest strengths?
o What did you enjoy about your last job?
o What separates you from other candidates?
o Tell me about your weaknesses.
o How does your previous experience/academic preparation/college activities relate to this work?
5. Take Your Time to Answer Tough Questions
If you don’t know how to answer a tough question, ask if you can have time to think about it. Don’t rush yourself. This will show your interviewer that you care enough to answer the question thoughtfully. If you don’t know the answer, just say you don’t know. Your honesty will be appreciated.
6. Enjoy Yourself
It’s important to show off your friendly side during an interview. The interviewer needs to see that you are someone that they would like working with on a daily basis. Try to smile appropriately and be friendly. The more you can enjoy yourself, the more relaxed and friendly you’ll be.
7. Remember That You Are Interviewing Them Too
One of the common mistakes people make when interviewing is not asking the right questions. Remember that you are interviewing them too. You need to make sure you’re going to enjoy working for the company. If it doesn’t feel right – or the corporate culture doesn’t work for you – then move on. You’re going to be spending 8 hours a day there, so don’t take a job you’ll end up hating.
Remember that a job interview is just a job interview. Don’t worry about not getting offered the job. Try to have fun with it. And remember that every interview you get will help you improve your responses. Practice makes perfect, so practice getting interviewed by a friend or family member over and over again. You’ll feel much more relaxed when answering during the real thing.