Applying for jobs and scheduling interviews is a large part of the business world right now. With so many changes in the economy, businesses, and individuals, for many it is only a matter of time before they will find themselves on the other side of the desk, facing the scrutiny of a potential employer. Most of us don’t enjoy interviews, but by going in prepared you could walk out with the job.
Before you head to your interview it is important that you do your research. Search the Internet for information on the company and person you will be interviewing with, paying close attention to any new press releases, new reports, statistics, etc. If you are able, try out their product ahead of time. The more informed you are about the company the more they will see your interest in the position, and the more impressed they will be.
In many ways an interview is as much about what is said non-verbally as verbally. First impressions are key. Upon meeting your interviewer greet them confidently, look them in the eye, smile, and give them your first and last name. Throughout the interview, maintain eye contact and show interest and enthusiasm for the position. Be aware of the signals that you are sending out through your body language. If you are slouched over and distracted, they will take that as a sign that you are not interested in the position.
Answering questions can be one of the most nerve-racking parts of the interview; however, if you prepare ahead of time you will feel more confident when the time comes. Think through typical questions that are asked at interviews. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Also, assume that they will ask questions about any executive training you have received and past job experiences.
Don’t hesitate to ask a few questions of your own. What responsibilities does the position entail? What are the greatest challenges of the position? And, most importantly, don’t forget to ask what your next step should be. Verbally express your interest in the position and your desire to keep the process moving forward.
By following these simple steps and maintaining enthusiasm and honesty, you’ll have that new job before you know it.