For an employer, the interview is the best opportunity to get a feel for the potential employee in a work environment. A sound resume and impressive cover letter can only get you to this point, so how do you translate your stunning credentials into a dazzling interview? Here are three tips to help you put your best foot forward.
1. Have a plan going into the interview – No coach sends their team on the field without a game plan, the same goes for an interview. Have a plan going in so you know what to expect from the interviewer, the more practice you have done the easier the process will be.
2. Do your research – This piggybacks right off the first tip, but is just as important. At this point, you have done a bit of research to get an idea of the job that intrigued you enough to apply, now that you have the interview you need to turn it up a notch. Get to know what the company is all about, know your goals and what the company will be expecting out of you. The more you know about position in depth, the better prepared you will be for the fast-paced interview process. In essence, the less you have to think, the better off you will be.
3. Relax in the interview – Usually this is easier said than done, but if you are as prepared as you should be with executing the first two steps, it takes the pressure off the actual interview. This is where you flex your muscle memory and just stick to the game plan. Sure, there will be a few curveballs in there, but that is what your research is for. This is where most people stumble in the interview process, the curveball is the one that trips you up and messes up your game plan. Just be ready for it; know your research and you will be well on your way to your new job.