It is intimidating to take part in an interview, but in the end, success comes from being well prepared, likable, and confident. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for an interview, that’s why we want to make sure everything goes smoothly! Take a look at our tips and tricks to acing that interview!
- Research the company
- More knowledge = more confidence! If you have not done this before applying, take the time a do a little homework on who you possibly could be working for. Review the company’s website to learn more about its services, values, and culture before. This will help you develop questions to ask and will ensure that you are a good fit!
- Proper Attire
- Style changes every year however, you always want to look polished when going into an office, espcially for an interview since this is your first impression! Avoid busy patterns, stripes, and loud jewelry. Before choosing what to wear for an interview, research the company culture and how people dress (think suits for banks, business casual for ad agencies, etc.). Your interview clothes should look professional, be comfortable and make you feel confident.
- Prepare to answer AND ask questions.
- Answering questions clearly is the most important aspect of interviewing, you want to explain how your experience applies to the role you’re interviewing for. Questions can be easy to prepare for but don’t forget this is your chance to clarify anything about the job/offer and provide more information about yourself; asking questions will not only make you look prepared, but it will also help you make an informed decision!
- Honesty is key
- No matter what your experience is, what happened at your last job, if you had to take time off, etc., it is important, to be honest to the interviewer and explain what you learned how it will benefit you in the job you’re applying for; even a negative can be turned into an advantage if you used the time to develop yourself in some way.
- Things to Avoid
- Make sure not to be late, rude, or speak poorly of your former bosses or colleagues. Lying, oversharing, or dominating the conversation are other ways to leave a bad impression.
- Follow up
- Last but not least, make sure you follow up with a thank-you email after your interview. This is a great opportunity to emphasize your interest in the position, set yourself apart from other candidates and you are eager to hear back from them! Keep it short and simple!
When interviewing, you’ll want to be aware of your presentation and how engaging you are. Be mindful of your body language, speak clearly, be confident, and be interested and positive!
Go and ace that interview and let us know if our tips and tricks help you out!