Finding the job of your dreams isn’t always the hardest part of a job search. The job interview is arguably the most stressful part of the process. So, how do you prepare for the interview? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to nailing your next job interview.
1. Educate yourself
Start by educating yourself about the company you’re interviewing with. Check out their website, social media, and just plain research who they are and what their company values are. It shows you’re really interested in working there and can give you an edge over the competition.
2. Practice makes perfect
If not perfect, at least prepared. Let’s face it, a job interview is the ultimate sales job, and you’re selling you! So, take the time to figure out how you want to do that. Examine your core skills and contemplate what you think you can do for the company. How can you bring value to their team? Say it out loud and do a practice run with a friend.
3. Have a professional resume
A great resume can get you in the door for that interview, but if you can’t speak to what’s actually on it, you won’t look credible. Review your resume when you’re practicing and prepare answers to questions that might come up.
4. Be confident
Even if you aren’t. Make eye contact and believe your own hype. You know the expression – fake it till you make it? Well, confidence is a good thing in the eyes of a hiring manager. Just don’t be over-confident. You know what you can do and what you’ve done. Don’t be afraid to confidently share the details of those accomplishments.
5. Be an active listener
Yes, you’re the one being interviewed, but actively listen and be engaged with your interviewer. It’s understandable to be nervous but try to avoid long, rambling responses. Keep it to the point but don’t be afraid to ask questions of your own. Better to learn now if it might not be a perfect fit after all.
6. Dress for success
It might sound cliché but definitely arrive dressed for success. Business casual is usually a safe bet. But also make sure you’re not wearing a heavy cologne, perfume or over the top makeup that might be distracting from the interview.
7. Circle back
Follow up a few days after your interview to thank your interviewer for their time. Try to reiterate some key points that were discussed during the interview to demonstrate your interest and that you were paying attention to the finer points of the discussion.
8. Don’t be afraid of your past failures
Everybody has them. And you’ll often find yourself being asked specific questions during your interview about why you left a particular job or how you may have handled conflict. Employers want to know how you’ll handle stress and potential negative situations so it’s always best to be open and honest. Just try to highlight the positive outcomes when you have the opportunity.
They don’t call it a dream job for nothing! Interviews can be stressful but preparing for them in advance can make all the difference. Whether you’re looking for your dream job, a whole new career or just want to enhance your existing skill set, ICT can help you do it!
As an ICT student, you will have the opportunity to work with our Career Services team. They specialize in provided direct support and guidance in resume preparation, arranging interviews, negotiating employment offers, and more.
Contact us today to learn more about what ICT can do for your future.