Have you just landed an interview for what could be your dream job? You’re either a bundle of nerves, somewhat confident or a combination of the two. Remind yourself that you would not have been tapped for the interview if you didn’t have the qualifications and experience required to fulfill the objectives of the position. The interview is as two way street. Not only is it an opportunity for the hiring manager to ascertain your qualifications for the position and your fit with the company culture, but it is also an opportunity for you to determine if the company, its culture and the position are meet your expectations to warrant a career move. Follow these suggestions from the human resources professionals to ensure your interview experience is a successful one.
The first step is to conduct thorough research on the hiring company. Begin by reading all of the pages on the company’s website. This will give you greater insight on the company’s products and services and well as brand messaging. Determine the company’s reputation from both customers and employees from online reviews and professional career websites. As you conduct your research you will no doubt develop questions of your own to pose to the hiring manager. Make note of these and plan to ask them at the appropriate time during the interview process. Some interviews are short one hour sessions with hiring managers and others involves extensive testing and lengthy interviews with various stake holders within the department and company. This often depends on the size of the company and the seniority of the position.
The most important items to wear to an interview are a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. If the position for which you are interviewing is in a corporate office, professional attire is appropriate. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select a professional ensemble from the huge selection available from Nordstrom. Leave the bling and loud colors at home and tone down the make-up and hair styles. You will not have a second opportunity to make a first impression. Understated colors, impeccable grooming and a firm handshake will go a long way in making a positive first impression.
Finally, if the job is appealing to you, by all means let the hiring manger know this in a confident manner. Follow up with a hand written note to the hiring manage on the day of the interview thanking them for their time. Best of luck to you in securing an offer for your dream job!