Putting your best foot forward on an interview requires:
Before the Interview:
#1: Do research on the company and your interviewer.
Find details that give you a better understanding of the organization, as well as some talking points. Look for:
- Mission statement
- Services offered
- Company culture
#2: Prepare answers to some common questions.
While you can’t be ready for every answer, you’ll likely be asked some basic questions, like:
- Tell me about yourself…
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Why should I hire you?
#3: Familiarize yourself with the job description.
Know how your professional background fits the needs of the role, and gather any relevant supporting materials, like:
- Writing samples
During the Interview
#4: Be aware of your body language, and avoid the following bad habits:
- Lack of eye contact
#5: Be yourself, and showcase your personality and soft skills by focusing on:
- Problem solving
- Communication skills
- Being a team player
#6: Ask informed questions about the role.
To impress your interviewer and gain a better understanding of the role, ask:
- What characteristics would the ideal person for this role possess?
- How will my work impact the company as a whole?
- How do you measure and evaluate success here?
After The Interview
#7: Follow up within 24 hours of the interview with a thoughtful thank you note.
- Personalize your note for the individuals you met with
- Avoid sounding generic
- Make references to the specific conversations you had