I dread going on a interview and I dreaded interviewing others until recently. It seems weird that I am supposed to make a very important decision based on a 30 minute meeting(s). But you have gotten this far, what now? This is it. Make it or break it. They will either love you and offer you the job or hate you and never want to see you again. I know this sounds extreme, but it’s true. What are the things you can do to make sure you put your best foot forward? In my career, I have been to a few interviews and interviewed more people than I can count. Here are some tips that helped me and that I tell my candidates.
Be YOU, the authentic you. Unless the authentic you is a jerk, then be nice.
Be prepared- research the company, the managers, their mission. Impress them with your knowledge. Can’t emphasize how far this can take you.
When I interviewed at DriveTime back in December of 2015, I told them how they used to be UglyDuckling in the 90s and then rebranded. The Director was super impressed by me knowing this. He asked if I was an Arizona Native because most people didn’t know it. BOOM!
Bring your resume, work samples and a professional binder – the leather bound type with you. This shows your preparedness and is always a plus.
Bring questions with you. What are the company goals, what troubles are the team facing, where does this position fit in solving those issues, what can you do to be successful in the role.
Make sure to dress Business Professional or Business Casual, no matter what their dress code is.
Wear clean and ironed clothes. – first impressions matter. It might not seem like a big deal, but there are a lot of things that go on subconsciously when someone makes a decision.
Don’t put your foot in your mouth. Don’t call the interviewer old, talk religion or politics.
I am firm believer of positivity, if your current or old job was totally crap, find something objective to say. There are always way to talk about things. Don’t lie though.
Not saying this is a full-proof formula, but you as the candidate still need to do your best if you want that job. All you can control is what you do.