The saying “first impressions are everything”, is never as resonating as it is when speaking about a job interview. Snap judgments are commonplace in interviews because your initial impression here tells an employer a lot about how you will be as a potential employee.
Job interviews can be likened to auditioning for a role in a play, or trying out for a sports team. You only have a short amount of time to highlight all of your skills and make yourself stand out from any other applicants. Many times you may only have as little as 15 minutes to truly impress your interviewer. This may seem intimidating, but you have nothing to worry about as long as you keep a few things in mind. Remember the 17 tips below and you’ll be sure to have success at your next interview!
- Be prepared by:
- Identifying and assessing your strengths
- Gathering information about the company and potential employer
- Anticipating and preparing for questions (Here is a good resource of 100 potential interview questions)
- Practicing answering questions with a friend or tape recorder
- Opportunities available for advancement
- Management and decision-making styles, as well as key team strategies (if you will be working closely with a team)
- Degree of autonomy permitted
- Internal politics, company history/direction (this is a good time to bring up key points you've learned from your research)
- The types of projects you will be working on
- Backgrounds of clients you will be working with (again a good time to bring up anything you learned from your research in this area)
Remember that if you have gotten as far as an interview, you have already beaten the odds of standing out from other applicants in the first phase. Don’t let the prospect of quick judgments fray your nerves – stay relaxed and confident and you’ll be sure to put your best foot forward to turn a stressful situation into a great opportunity!
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