By the time you are asked to come in for an interview, you are already labeled as “hirable.” At this point employers are just looking to see if you are a right fit for the company. They have already been through your resume, cover letter, and any initial meetings. If your interview goes well enough, it can quickly turn into a job offer.
Tips for a Successful Job Interview
- Make them believe in you: Employers and companies want to see how much you are invested in their vision. The more facts you know about the place wanting to hire you, the better. Show the people interviewing you that this job will be more than a stepping stone for you.
- They are going to want to know your future plans: Be prepared for the interviewers to ask you where you see yourself in a year, 3 years, or 5 years. Prepared answers of where you see yourself in the company in the future will help them to believe you are really invested and have end goals.
- Style Matters: You can always overdress, but never underdressed. Walk in with confidence and show off your best church clothes! The most awkward thing you can do is walk into an interview room and feel as if you’ve greatly underdressed.
- Be humble, but Confident: Our culture teaches us that being humble is the best thing you can do. However, in an interview, there are correct ways on being humble. You don’t want to undersell yourself. Talk about why hiring you will make sense. If you can’t even convince yourself that you are the best choice, you aren’t going to convince your interviewers.
- Past successes: Talk about jobs that you have done well. Doing this well will paint the picture that the place that you previously worked for lost someone great that the company you are applying for can gain.
- Past failures: Be prepared to talk about mistakes you have made and how you have learned from your mistakes. Employers what to see if you are teachable.Finding the true balance between coming off eager to learn, but also very capable of the work is an art. Find it, and find a job.
You can still gain something even if you don’t get the job. You want to build connections with everybody you meet related to the field in which you are interested. Don’t be afraid to ask them to tell you about their company and build relationships before you formally apply. This will help you learn more about what they are looking for, help them to remember your face and name, and to stay connected in the future incase something comes up. It’s common knowledge that there are very few things more important than networking. Good luck!