Picture this, you have been trying for months to land a job. You have sent out countless applications and have finally heard back from a potential employer. They want to set up an in-person interview and you accept. Now comes the interesting part, how do you navigate the interview to land yourself the new gig? There are plenty of good strategies to follow when going through an in-person interview. Following a few simple tips can help you land the job you’ve been waiting for.
The first thing that you will want to do, even prior to the interview, is to do some basic research on the company you are interviewing with. Find out how long the company has been in business. How many employees are there total? How many in your department? A little background research should give you a general idea of what you are interviewing for.
Next, you will want to have some questions written down, or in your mind, that you want to ask the hiring manger. The hiring manager will go through the specifics of the position that you are applying for, but don’t be afraid to ask follow up questions, or for clarity on anything that you don’t understand. Now is the time to clear up any misunderstandings that you have. Ask to meet the supervisor and team you’d be working under, or how many people you’d be working with. Having good follow up questions not only conveys your interest, it shows the hiring manager that you are serious about the job.
Finally, be cognizant of your appearance. While you don’t need to sign up for Invisalign or correct everything about your appearance, you will want to look presentable. Get out your best suit or dress, no matter what the dress code of the office is. The old adage is to dress not for the job you apply for, but the one above that. A freshly dry cleaned suit, crisp shirt and polished shoes can make all of the difference.
Going in for an in-person interview can be a nerve-wracking time, but you don’t need to worry. Following a few simple steps that display your talent should be enough for you to leave a positive impression.