The interview itself is arguably the most important part of the hiring process. Here are four tips to keep in mind to make sure you do well.
Regardless of whether you're preparing to interview for your first professional position or you're looking for a new one, the interview process is arguably the most important step. That said, there are some easy ways you can separate yourself from the competition. Here are four interview tips:
1. Dress in professional attire
If you look sharp when you walk in the door, you're well on your way to making a good first impression with your prospective employer. Always select formal business attire when you're rummaging through your closet trying to pick out what you're going to wear. Men should pick a suit and tie with a black, grey, or blue jacket. Unless your facial hair is a staple of your appearance, you should shave. Women can wear a blouse with a skirt or a business suit. Both men and women should bathe the morning of the interview or - at the very least - shower the night before. Don't be overly worried about your appearance, but make sure you dress appropriately.
2. Bring copies of your resume
There's no doubt that hiring managers are going to ask you questions about the experience they have read on your resume. Obviously, you know the information you've listed on your resume already because you lived it, but bringing a few copies of your resume will help everyone in the room stay on the same page. You probably won't know exactly how many people will be there for the interview, but bring at least a handful of resumes so that you're prepared for group interview scenarios. Don't forget a copy for yourself as well. It never hurts to glance down at a copy of your resume every once in a while.
3. Research the company that might hire you
Take time to research the company you could potentially work for. Although you probably did research during your search for the job, it never hurts to find out the latest company news. In addition to learning about the company itself, it's a good idea to stay updated on relevant news in the industry. Since you come from a background in the same industry, you should be relatively prepared anyway, but it never hurts to brush up on the latest news and trends before you walk in for your interview.
4. Ask questions at the conclusion
Even though you're the one being interviewed, assemble a list of questions for the end of it. Not only will you have a chance to think about the questions you want answered, but it also reinforces your preparation.