Are you looking for a new job this year? Interviews can seem stressful but are actually a great chance to sell your skills and abilities. It’s important to make the best first impression possible in an interview, so here are some tips to help you prepare and land that new job.
Study common interview questions
Review and practice answering common interview questions with a friend or in front of a mirror. Be sure that you’re highlighting your skills and how they apply to the job qualifications in your answers. Common interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Why are you interested in working here?
- Why should we hire you?
Make a list of questions you’d like to ask during the interview
Showing up with a list of questions shows your interest in the job and company and can help you appear as a better candidate for the position. This can include questions about the company, questions about the position, questions about your day-to-day duties, and more.
Come prepared and show up early
Show up to your interview 10 – 15 minutes early, dress professionally, and come with everything you need. This includes a copy of your resume, a notebook, and pens to write any important notes and review your questions for the interviewer. Turn your cell phone on silent so it doesn’t interrupt the conversation before going into the interview.
Confidence is key when trying to land a new job. Shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact, and keep your shoulders back and arms uncrossed to help you appear more confident. Listen carefully to the questions being asked, and make sure your answers are thorough, thought through, and not rushed.
Send a thank you letter after the interview
Be sure to send a thank you letter or email after the interview to appear professional, polite, and to keep you on the interviewer’s mind.