For those of you re-entering the job market after a prolonged period of time, it can come as a shock how much the job market has changed. Technology and social media, for example, have completely transformed the playing field of professional networking and the job search. Even if you are fully up-to-date on the ins and outs of the job market, if you haven’t been on an interview in a while, you might be a little rusty. If you want a bit of refresher, here’s an overview of what you can expect and tips for how you can be better prepared.
Know Your Stuff
By far the most important information you need to know to nail a job interview is knowledge you should already have in the palm of your hand, namely your resume. But it’s not enough to be able to recite your CV from memory, you need to build on it. Go in-depth to show your interviewer the dynamics and experience behind the bullet points. An interview is your chance to seal the deal, and make the sort of impression that gives a face and a life to the information you have provided in your application. In order to do that, you need to be able to communicate your history, your qualifications, your unique skills and abilities in a way that is relevant to the job description.
An interview is your chance to make a good first impression. Before you meet face-to-face, your resume is a very abstract representation of yourself. The in-person meeting is critical to establish whether or not you would be a good fit for the company. Be prepared to make a good impression. Do a good bit of research so you fully understand the position you are applying for. If the company has a website (very likely in this day and age), read up on their current events and mission statements. Do your homework. Show up to the interview a little early. Remain focused and relaxed, but don’t be shy when it comes to expressing your interest in working for the company.
Ask Plenty of Questions
A good interview is one where both parties are given the opportunity to speak and listen in relatively equal amounts. Feel free to ask questions. In fact, questions are often better received than simply talking about yourself. Questions initiate discussion, and engage your interviewer in a way that is unique to yourself and your experience. They help to establish rapport, something critical to the overall success of an interview.
Present Yourself Well
As stereotypical as it may sound, how you dress does have an impact on interview success. You can have the most qualified resume in the world, but if you show up in torn up jeans and a t-shirt, your interviewer will have a hard time taking you seriously. Dress professionally, pay close attention to hygiene, and err on the side of the overly formal. As the saying goes, dress for the job you wish you had.
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