As a recruiter, I was often asked by Candidates what they could do to make themselves standout as a candidate for a job they really want. It’s so important to make a great first impression! You want to leave the interview knowing you gave it your all. I have a few helpful tips that will help you prepare.
- Arrive early and be sure to go to the bathroom to check yourself out in the mirror. Check your teeth and hair and your smile.
- Make eye contact and be polite to every person you meet in and near the office building including security guards, receptionists, and housekeepers.
- Shake hands firmly with your entire hand and not the tip of your hands. A bad or weak handshake can lead to a hiring manager not taking you seriously.
- Dress for the highest job offered at that company. You want to give the impression that you are ready for any job they offer but also ready for any promotions that come your way in the future.
- Research the company and know the names of the decision makers and the business mission and any community initiatives that the business is involved in.
- Be ready to give creative answers to questions. Stay clear of answers such as “I like working with people”.
- Lean in during the interview and look engaged and interested. Do not sit back in your chair and look overly comfortable or confident. Give the impression you are interested in every question asked and ready to give an answer.
- Ask question and take notes. You want to show the interviewer that you are interested in the job and the company.
- Thank the interviewer for their time and shake hands and ask for a business card so you can send a thank you email.
Hiring managers see tons of candidates and they may not have a copy of your resume when you arrive and will typically ask you for an updated copy of your resume so they can review it with you and discuss your work history. Also, make sure you are ready to give examples of why you enjoyed your previous place of employment and what prompted you to leave.
Hiring Managers will select candidates who are good fit not only the position but also a good fit for the team. So, if you give a negative depiction of your previous employer or your previous supervisor, the new hiring manager will take mental notes to ensure you are not the type of employee who will say negative things about him or her if or when you resign from their company.
So, now that you know what to do during the interview, here is a checklist of what to take with you to the interview:
- Copies of updated resume neatly placed in a leather or canvas portfolio like this one: Leather Portfolio
- Black ink pen.
- Phone numbers, addresses and dates of previous employment. (You will need this information if you are asked to complete an employment application)
- Contact information for professional references.
- Your positive personality!
Finally, it is essential that you follow up every interview with a Thank You email. Sending a Thank you email to the hiring manager can be a great way to remind the hiring manager of your serious interest.
Be sure to send it the same day or morning after the interview so it is a fresh reminder. A great tip is to include something personal in the thank you email (if you feel comfortable). For example, if the interviewer mentions that her son is playing in a championship little league game this coming weekend, don’t shy away about stating you wish her son luck in his upcoming game. However, I recommend you place those types of personalized details at the end of the email and not make it the focal point.
The more you make yourself stand out, the more you will be strongly considered. Showing gratitude and appreciation is critical to close the deal and leave the impression that you are thankful for being considered for the job.
Good Luck and let me know if these tips help you! I look forward to hearing your success story!!Email this