The economic downturn has made it difficult for most people to get a job, let alone a job interview. Once you have scored an interview, make sure you have the skills to impress your interviewer and land the job you’ve been waiting for. Here are five sure ways to leave a lasting impression in your next job interview.
Ask Smart Questions
Most interviewers pay more attention to the questions you ask them than the way you answer the questions they ask you. Avoid asking questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Instead ask questions that show you have the knowledge and experience to do the job you’re interviewing for. For example, if you’re interviewing to be part of a marketing team, ask the interviewer about their current marketing processes and marketing successes or failures. Ask questions that show you understand the marketing field and want to find ways that your marketing experience would be a useful addition to their company.
Don’t Answer with a Single Sentence
When you’re answering a question during the interview, tell a short story instead of giving a short answer. Anticipate the questions you are likely to be asked and come prepared with complex but concise answers that include stories about your past experiences. This gives the interviewer some insight on your personality and makes them feel like they’re conversing with you instead of interrogating you.
For example, if the interview asks why you would be a good fit for the job, don’t answer with cliched answers like, “I would be a good fit because I’m a hard worker and detail-oriented.” This doesn’t help the interview understand how you could be an asset to the company. Answer with specific examples like how you helped another company grow their customer base by 50% or reduce costs in the warehouse by $1,000 a month. Show the interview you have skills that can benefit their company.
Make Eye Contact and Listen
Don’t stare at the people interviewing you, but be sure to make eye contact whenever possible. Maintaining eye contact helps you appear confident and ready for the job instead of shy and uncomfortable. Candidates who make eye contact stand out from the rest of the candidates. It’s also important to take notes during the interview. Leather notebooks are great for taking notes during an interview because they look sleek and professional. Take a few notes on key points, but make sure to keep eye contact during most of the interview.
Bring a Sample of Prior Work
If you are interviewing for a job in your industry, be sure to have a sample of prior work you have completed to show the interviewer your skills. Make sure that the sample is not more than a couple of pages so that it doesn’t overwhelm the interviewer or make you appear arrogant. If you’re in the technology or design industry, your portfolio should be online for the most part. If your work is not online, bring one short but powerful example of your best work if possible.
For example, if you’re interviewing for a marketing position, don’t just bring in your resume. Bring in a sample of one of your marketing campaigns and show how it helped the previous company you worked for. Show off your work and help the interview understand how you made a difference at the other company. Don’t just show your resume and think that’s enough. Stand out from the other prospective employees.
Know the Company You’re Interviewing At
Most companies have a list of core values or a mission statement on their website. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the company’s values and be prepared to explain how your values and experience line up with the company’s objectives. The interviewer is likely to ask you why you want to work for their company. This is a great time to discuss their mission or core values and how they are relevant to your experience and goals.
This article was written by Dixie Somers. If you’re looking to impress in your next interview, leather notebooks are a great way to take notes and look stylish for your interview.
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