Here at SilverFirst Inc., we know how intimidating the idea of an interview can be. Your palms get sweaty and you feel a little sick – you really want this job offer! Landing a great opportunity is more than just a polished resume and a Google search of the company, it’s about making a great first impression! This involves dressing for success, being on time (if not early), and showcasing why your skills make you perfect for the position.
Our team at SilverFirst Inc. believes that being prepared helps you get the job done right, so we’re here to make sure you’re ready for your next interview! Next, we’re going to share with you 5 pre-interview tips to help you be on your A-game and land your dream job.
Practice And Prepare
We’ve all heard the saying practice makes perfect, and in this case, the saying is true. Before an interview, go over standard interview questions to prepare your answers. Prepare and practice a list of your strengths so you are ready at a moments notice. Have ready personal stories to showcase examples of success. In doing all of this, you are better able to express your personality, feel more confident, and showcase your skills in a desirable way.
Be On Time
In this case, being early is being on time! Our recommendation is being at least 5 to 10 minutes early to show your punctuality. If need be, take some time out beforehand to drive to the interview location so you know the exact place and time. Make sure you factor in extra time in case traffic happens – you can always use any remaining time to check your outfit or use the restroom.
Dress For Success
When in doubt, it’s better to be overdressed in a situation than underdressed. While you are preparing for your interview, plan out an outfit that is appropriate to the culture of the company. Make sure you style your hair, wear an outfit that is flattering and showcases your professional style. If you need ideas and inspiration, check out SilverFirst Inc.’s Pinterest page to get the ball rolling!
Stay Calm And Show What You Know
Body language is a powerful tool, so use it to your advantage! You’ve come prepared, now it’s time to let your confidence shine! When answering all questions, communicate clearly. Remember to smile and show your engagement in others while listening.
Follow Up After The Interview
Now that the interview is over, make sure you take the appropriate steps to follow up. Send the interviewer a note or email thanking them for taking the time to meet with you. Remember to be punctual, and do this within the first 24 hours after the interview. If you have not heard back within a week, reach out to the employer with a phone call to touch base. See if you are still being considered for the position and what direction the employer is thinking of going.
In the end, proper interviewing takes practice, research, and determination to be successful. The more time you spend preparing for an interview, your chances to successfully land future job offers will be higher. By remember these 5 tips from SilverFirst Inc., you are on your way; good luck!