If you have a job interview coming up, you want to do whatever you can to improve your performance and boost your chances of getting the job. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
- Dress professionally
The best way to dress for a job interview is still a suit and tie for men and a business suit for women. You need to dress professionally if you want to make a positive impression on the hiring manager. People form judgments about others very quickly, and your attire plays an important role in the judgments others form about you.
Also, make sure you are well groomed and that your shoes are polished. You should prepare your outfit for the interview at least a day in advance to make sure you have what you need and that everything is in order.
- Investigate the company
This is essential if you are going to make a good impression. You need to know the mission, goals and values of the company, as well as the basics about its operation. Going into the interview ignorant of these things will cause the hiring manager to eliminate you from consideration.
- Ask questions
Make sure you’ve prepared questions ahead of time for the hiring manager. Not having questions will show you did not prepare for the interview and will also cause the hiring manager to question your interest in the job. Also, avoid questions about facts that are usually on the company website as this will show that you did not take the time to research the company.
- Learn about the interviewers
This may be more difficult to do at some places than others. But you should try to learn as much as you can about the person or people who will be interviewing you. It may help you connect with them and deliver better answers to questions.
- Explain what you can contribute
You need to show what value you can add to the company, how you can help to solve their problems or contribute to the bottom line.
- Watch body language
This is almost as important as what you say. You need to appear poised and confident. Avoid behavior that betrays nervousness and uncertainty, such as fidgeting or nail-biting. Smile and look the interviewer in the eye when responding.
- Practice your answers
There are common questions that you run into at almost every interview. While you don’t need to have complete answers memorized, you should have some idea of how you are going to answer these questions. It is a good idea to practice your answers out loud in front of a mirror or with a friend.