Congratulations! You are on your way to getting hired after endless time focused on job searching, evaluating the best opportunities, editing your resume, customizing an awesome cover letter, and applying for the job.

The work does not stop here, now you must win your interviewer over with your strong skillset, experience, and commitment.

Regardless of the number of applicants, these tips below will help you stand out during an interview.

  1. Research, research and research!

Look into the company, who is interviewing you, and carefully read the job description.

If the job description is looking for an effective communicator who can work in a fast-paced environment, you want to sell your experience that relates to this.

Try to do deeper level research and investigate current industry news. This can vary depending on the size of the company, but if a new location opened recently this could be a conversation piece - and highlight that you did your research!

  1. Punctuality

No matter where the interview may be, online, telephone or in-person- be on time! If it is online, be sure to have the platform up and loaded so you can answer. If the interview is face-to-face, arrive a few minutes early.

For interviews that are in-person it is important to arrive early for reasons, such as, traffic, navigating to the office, parking challenges, and to freshen up.

  1. Preparedness

Research is one way to show you are prepared, but some other tips include bringing extra copies of your resume, a notebook and pen.

Come prepared with specific questions about the company and the job, showing interest and curiosity  are appealing attributes and signal that you are a job candidate.

Work through a mock interview by brainstorming answers to common interview questions, what is your biggest strength? Weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Another way to examine your preparedness is by practicing your speaking and body language. If you can’t get a friend to help, consider practicing all of this in front of a mirror to see what the interview will be viewing.

  1. Follow- up

First impressions can be just as important as last impressions. Via email or letter post, be  sure to thank the interviewers and the organization for their time.

Make the message personalized, if you and the interviewer conversed about a common interest, include this in to make you remembered.

This interest could be as simple as you both enjoying chamomile tea, owning a pet and cheering for the same sports team.

A few items to include in your follow- up note include, your interest for the job, any forgotten important information about yourself and questions you may have.

Sending a follow-up note, shows two important attributes, your attention to detail, and your commitment to landing the job.  It shows you are willing to go the distance to get the job.

 

Following the tips above will not only help you have a successful interview, but help to ensure you land the job! Goodluck jobseekers!