Did you know that a third of the time, hiring managers only need 90 seconds to determine whether they like you enough to hire you? Despite any nervousness or anxiety you might be feeling, giving your best first impression might just be the most important part of landing your next job.
With the job market looking brighter, it’s vital to prepare not only your resume, but also your interview presentation skills as well. Too often candidates spend hours reworking their resumes to secure the interview for a key position and neglect the due diligence in preparing for the interview itself.
Keeping these five steps in mind might help you present yourself as a top candidate:
1. Review your CV
You should be prepared to talk about your experience, achievements and qualifications in detail.
2. Do your research
Learn all you can about the company interviewing you well ahead of time. Research the company to find out its history, structure, products/services, goals, locations, recent business growth and growth potential. Ignorance is not bliss.
3. Prepare and practice your answers to likely questions
Most interview questions require you to answer with specific examples of instances where you have been able to prove your abilities in your current or past roles. Think back to some of your successes (and failures) and make notes if you think you might struggle to remember these examples at the interview.
4. Make a good first impression
Be on time, dress and groom yourself well, and be conscious of your body language.
5. Manners Are Necessary
Having great manners goes a long way. Don’t forget to use basic manners during your first encounter with your potential future employer. Greet with a smile and a firm hand shake, don’t slouch, speak directly and clearly, make appropriate eye contact, thank the interviewee for the opportunity, and be sure to share a few jokes as a sense of humor is helps add to your likeability factor.
Today’s market is filled with qualified candidates. Take the time to prepare for your interview so you can present yourself and your abilities in the best light.