The purpose of following proven interviewing techniques is to increase the probability of getting a job. With so many people vying for so few jobs, employers have many candidate options. They look for reasons to disqualify candidates and reward those who follow the necessary job search basics.
Maximize your interview opportunity! Preparation and attention to details are mandatory. Just remember you are being evaluated and judged on everything from your resume submittal to the final goodbye. Being well prepared could be the deciding factor in whether or not you land your next opportunity.
Dress in a professional, neat and appropriate way. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Pay attention to details!
Prior to an interview, research the company and person interviewing you by visiting their websites and by conducting an online search.
Familiarize yourself thoroughly with all aspects of the company and the person interviewing you-compile enough information in order to ask informed questions. Come to the interview with suggestions/solutions and fresh ideas. The interviewer will perceive you as a prepared, efficient and an interested candidate.
Greet the hiring manager with a firm handshake and eye contact. Be cognizant of your body language. A very high percentage of our communication is done through non-verbal communication. So you can have all the skills required for the job and if you enter the interview with your hands in your pocket and eyes on the floor, you may as well consider yourself out of the running. They will question your confidence level.
During the interview, ask questions (qualify them) such as what qualifications would the ideal person possess-utilizing your listening skills, you then can answer with specifics and examples about your background and why you are qualified. You can’t “sell” if you don’t know what you’re selling! We are equally judged based on the questions we ask and the questions we answer.
Don’t ask questions such as salary, benefits and hours during the first stages of interview! If you’re fortunate enough to have a 2nd interview, or an offer, that would be the appropriate time, when there is confirmed interest, to ask those types of questions.
Don’t “badmouth” former manager or employer, regardless of the circumstances!
During the interview, just be you! Employers can usually tell when someone is trying to be someone they’re not or exaggerating experience. If you don’t know something or don’t have a specific element of experience, it’s OK! The best way to handle it is to be truthful and simply say, “Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to work on that program in my current role, however, I am willing and do have the foundation skills to pick it up quickly if given the opportunity”.
At the end of the interview, close the deal! Let the hiring manager know you’re interested, why you are a fit and that you want the job. Follow-up with an email (the next day) thanking them for their time, re-iterating your interest and ask when they will be making a decision. If you haven’t heard from the company after this date, it is appropriate to send a warm follow-up email asking for a status update.
So, even if you think you’ve “aced” this interview, you must continue the process of uncovering other opportunities. In the best possible scenario, it would be great to have more than one employment option.