Interview Tips for Job-Seekers
Whether you’ve been on a countless amount of interviews, or you’re a recent college graduate looking to land your first “real” job, interviewing can be tedious and stressful. To help you out, we put together a list of our favorite interview tips. Take a look and go land your dream job!
You can say so much by not saying anything at all. Your body language really can speak volumes during an interview so be confident, sit up straight, make eye contact and have a firm handshake.
Dress for the job
While workplaces seem to be getting more and more casual these days, you should still dress up and look the part for your interview. Research the company beforehand to learn a little more about the company culture and wear something appropriate.
Make sure that you research the firm on the internet, so that you can show them that you are interested in their firm and understand the projects and building types that they are working on.
Be sure to really take in as much information as you can from your interviewer. I know you may be nervous, but stay focused and pay attention!
Use appropriate language
This may seem obvious, but don’t use any casual slang that you would use around your friends; this is inappropriate and unprofessional.
Be sure to actually answer the questions
When under pressure during an interview, it’s easy to get off-track and start rambling on and on. Most questions that you will be asked will be behavioral interview questions. Take your time to answer and think aloud – the hiring manager will want to hear how you think through a problem. One of my favorite methods to answer these questions is STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result. You start off by describing the situation you were in and the task you needed to accomplish, then you explain the action you took and the results you achieved.
Don’t act desperate
Interviewing with the “pleaseeeee hire me” approach will make you appear desperate and hopeless. You want to act calm, cool and collected to show the interviewer that you can do the job. Never discuss the firm you are currently working for. Remember, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything.
Towards the end of the interview, it will be your turn to ask the questions. Being ready with a few questions will demonstrate your interest in the company and position. Asking questions will also give you the opportunity to find out if this is the right job for you so don’t be shy!
Say thank you
Write and send a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. The best thank you notes are short, sincere and specific to your interview. Don’t be tempted to use a generic template; use the thank you note to reinforce why you’d be a great asset to the team.
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