Too many job seekers go into an interview woefully unprepared. This becomes a poor reflection on the potential candidates in the market. Companies get just as frustrated and jaded when they’re not able to find the right person for their job. How can you overcome that unfair stigma? Wow them and land the job by being more prepared than your competition. Here are some ways you can make the best first impression on a company and get the job offer you’ve been wanting.
Study the job description.
You would be surprised to learn that many candidates don’t even review the job description again after they originally send their resume. In fact, many don’t thoroughly read the job posting when they send their resume either. There are subtle clues in every posting and if you can pick up on them, you’ll have an advantage over your competition.
Prepare for interview questions.
Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. There will be detailed questions about your background. There will also be behavioral questions that are designed for the interviewer to see how you react in certain common situations. Don’t just prepare for the individual questions, but consider the techniques that can help you answer any questions you’re asked. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers but have general points and thoughts so you can pull from different talking points whenever you need them.
Research the company in detail.
You’ve probably been told to research the company before the interview. So, you go to their website and read the “About” page and think you’ve got everything you need, right? Well, not exactly. By researching the company, look for mentions in the media and other information you can find. Did they contribute to a local charity? Did they make the news for something impressive and positive? Look at their social media pages for even more context.
Dress for success.
Lastly, it is important to remember to make a good visual impression. Many companies today are casual, so candidates think it will be fine to present more casually in an interview. But unless an interviewer has specifically coached you about wearing casual clothes, always err on the side of professional. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full suit, but choose a smart and professional outfit for your first face-to-face meeting with the company.