Are you looking for a new job? Are you always on the hunt for the dream opportunity? Whatever your dream job might be, here are 5 helpful interview tips that will almost guarantee you get an offer!
HAVE ANSWERS PREPARED FOR TRADITIONAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Luckily the traditional interview format seems to be going away for most companies. Most hiring managers want to base their decision on if they can hold an intelligent back and forth conversation with a candidate. But that doesn’t mean you’re not going to run into a company that still asks traditional interview questions. You know, the ones that start out like this: think about a time when…
I know. I know. These questions don’t allow a hiring manager to see the real personality of the applicant. Some choke and some BS their way through. In any case, have some answers prepared. Genuine ones. When your answers are genuine they come out naturally and more conversational.
Tell me about a time when you were up against a deadline and how did you perform?
Why are you looking to leave your current job? (Some good points you could make here are talking about growth opportunities, support from a quality company, etc.)
What attracted you to apply to our opportunity? (Why do you want the job?)
DON’T CROSS YOUR LEGS. SIT IN A POWERFUL POSITION THAT SHOWS YOU’RE ENGAGED
Sitting with your legs crossed comes off very passive. If you’re applying for a role that requires brokering deals or making sales, this is especially important.
You want to sit leaning in. This shows you’re engaged in conversation and you’re not passive or too relaxed. Some “experts’ say to mimic your interviewer. This is only true if they are leaning in. If they’re relaxed and/or crossing their legs, it’s because they can. They’re on that side of the table. Leaning in and making eye contact shows respect.
ASK ABOUT COMPENSATION AT THE RIGHT TIME
You’ll have an opportunity to talk about compensation. Most of the time the interviewer will reveal that information. In fact, it’s considered very unprofessional for an interviewer to avoid this topic of discussion. However, you don’t want to sound too concerned about money. Having this as one of your first questions can catch the interviewer off guard. It’s better to ease into the question, while still being direct. You could say “I would be honored to be considered for this job. I think I have the drive to do very well if given the opportunity. Now, when you discover that you’ve found the right candidate, what salary range would you intend to offer?” or you could say “what would a successful person in this role expect to take home in a year?”. Both of these are good ways to ask how much the job pays.
LEARN A BIT ABOUT THE COMPANY AND HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS PREPARED
One of the most common mistakes interviewers make is asking candidates what they know about the company. Of course a candidate is going to say “actually I don’t know much. I was hoping to get a better understanding of what you’re company does”. And why? Because candidates read a job description, not a company description. This is an especially bad question to ask if your company isn’t well know. (i.e. Harriot Companies; that could literally be anything)
But as a job seeker, just know you will likely be asked this question. Learn a bit about the company so you stand out from other interviewees. Also, at some point during the interview the interviewer will ask if you have questions. You should have 2-3 questions prepared. This helps create a back and forth interaction that the interviewer is ultimately looking for.
There’s no such thing as overdressing. It shows you’re professional, sharp, intelligent, aware of your surroundings, and so much more. It’s a good first impression. If the interview is for something that would otherwise be casual, the interviewer will think damn, that person looks professional.
If you want a job that will put you on a path for advancement, dressing up shows you take that seriously.
I would even go as far as saying you should dress up on the job, even if it’s office casual. You dress for success. It’s a thing.
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