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7 Interviewing Tips for Job Seekers

As you contemplate entering the workforce, keep in mind that preparation is the key to exceptional performance during the all-important job interview. True, these interviewing tips may at first seem daunting; but, simply follow these tailor-made suggestions and any fears will quickly subside. This roadmap will ensure that you sail effortlessly through the interview process.

Before the Interview

1. Preparation is Key

First and foremost is the analytical portion of your search. This means you should make sure you completely understand the position for which you’re applying.

  • Make sure you comprehend the company’s requirements, to ensure that you’re a viable candidate.
  • To streamline this assessment, make a list of your skills, level of education, related abilities and overall knowledge. This will help you gauge your suitability for the position, so that you can better sell yourself to the interviewer.

2. Company Research

After you’ve put your professional suitability list together, the next most important thing to do is company research. Given the ubiquity of the Internet these days, nearly every company has an online presence. Use this reality to research the company interviewing you, keeping in mind these helpful interviewing tips from

  • “Before you go on a job interview, it's important to find out as much as you can about the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to both answer interview questions and to ask the interviewer questions. You will also be able to find out whether the company and the company culture are a good fit for you. Take some time, in advance, to discover as much information as you can about the company.”
  • Research provides you with big advantages over other candidates. For example, you will be better prepared to ask the interviewer pertinent questions related to the culture of the environment, as well as specific expectations not listed elsewhere in your research.

3. Company Research - Tips

  • LinkedIn is an excellent resource for drilling down on information about a company and the positions they offer – use it! Check out the company's statistics, as well as information on businesses in the same industry.
  • Visit the company website so you can learn about its history, read the About Us section, and be familiar with the range of products and services they provide.
  • Use the power of the Internet! Most companies have a multitude of social media properties, so be sure to visit their Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and other social media.
  • Conduct a targeted search using Google News for an even more in-depth look at old and recent company-related events.

During the Interview

4. Ask the Interviewer Questions

Your research of their LinkedIn page, and your other company-related web queries, will have armed you with salient questions to ask, once the interview is underway. There is an art to doing this properly.

  • Each time you ask a question about the position and company, try to draw attention to your qualifications, while highlighting your positive attributes, in the same breath. For example, let’s say you’re asking about the requirements of a leadership position. You might say: “In my past role I was leaned on heavily to provide leadership to a team of individuals, which I felt was an area that I succeeded in. What are the main responsibilities I would have that would require an elite level of leadership and could you see my past experience as a team leader benefiting me?”
  • Each question you ask should (a) inspire confidence in you as a candidate, (b) favorably extol your level of interest in the company and the position, and (c) convey how mutually beneficial accepting you as an employee will be.

5. Other Important Interviewing Tips

Here are a few other interviewing tips that will set you up for success:

  • Make sure you bring extra copies of your resume
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask
  • Bring examples of written work, if you feel it contributes to your candidacy for the position
  • Be punctual, and leave a great first impression

6. Maintain Your Demeanor

It doesn’t hurt to rehearse these valuable interviewing tips in front of a mirror once or twice before the interview. Practice the night before, or on the day of, if time permits:

  • Be polite, pleasant and enthusiastic
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Make appropriate eye contact
  • Pay attention, be attentive and look interested

Your responses are your sales pitch. You are selling yourself as the best candidate for the job so be sure to focus on your relevancy; that is, why you are a good candidate, how you can do the job, what you can contribute, and how you will benefit the company if you are hired.

Closing the interview: let the hiring manager know that you think the job is an excellent fit and that you are very interested in the job. It is appropriate to ask what the next step in the hiring process will be and when you might expect to hear.

After the Interview

7. Follow up

The interview process isn’t over once you leave the “hot seat”; so to speak. Be sure to continue your efforts to make yourself memorable by following up with a note thanking the interviewer for his/her time:

  • Make sure, in your thank you note, that you express your sincere interest in the position once again.
  • Do not wait to send the note; it should go out within a day so that the memory of you is still fresh.
  • If you have a website, add a link to it so that the company representative can delve deeper you’re your work. A social media profile on LinkedIn is even better.
  • Your previous research into the company should have given you ideas on how you can contribute uniquely; include a mention of these in your thank you note.
  • Lastly, remember to keep your note short and to the points listed above. Convey your excitement, as well as reference any possible connections you made with regards to the position during the interview.

You are now well-prepared – which is more important than any other attribute, save competence. Follow the above path to the letter, and you’ll sail through the interview process with flying colors.

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