Landing a job doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t have to be stressful either. In fact, there are so many things that you can do to try and make sure that your job interview is everything that you hoped it would be! Here are our top 3 tips.
Research the Company
You would be surprised at how few people don’t actually research the company they are applying to. You need to know basic things such as the size of the company and even the state that they are in right now. When you have this information, you can then think about the strengths that they have and even the weaknesses as well. If you can think of a way you can reinforce their own strengths then this can really work in your favor. You would be surprised at how much this can impress the interviewer and how much it could help you to really get to know the people who you are going to be working for as well.
Talk to Trusted Professionals
It also helps to talk to trusted professionals who are in your network. You need to try and acquire as much inside knowledge as possible to prepare you for the people who you are going to meet. Use your LinkedIn contacts, your alumni and friend networks to find people that may have knowledge about this company. During your interview, they may question you why you would be good at the job and what makes you think that you could fit in with the culture. Have prepared answers for these that you can draw from during the interview. By spending time talking to current or former employees that are in your network, you can be sure to really go that extra mile and ace the interview. So many people feel as though they have lost out on jobs because they just don’t know how to answer specific interview questions but when you are able to prepare and know their culture, you will soon see that this does not have to be the case.
Dress the Part
You don’t want to look the same as every other candidate in the room but you also don’t want to stand out too much either as this can make you look unprofessional. For a woman consider a colorful suit or a statement to make you stand out. For a man, perhaps consider changing up the tradition suit for a knit tie and blazer. You may also want to try and go for brown shoes instead of black. Little changes like this can help you to stand out without compromising your overall professionalism and they can also help you to really make the most out of the first impression that you are trying to make as well. Of course, the last thing that you want to do is over or even under-dress, so try and make sure that there isn’t a dress code or anything else similar for the interview before you set off. If there is a suggested dress code, stick to it but add your own (reasonable) flare. We linked some of our favorite professional women's picks to update your professional wardrobe for your next interview.
Now go get 'em!
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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