Tips for Succeeding at Job Interviews

Have you just landed an interview for what could become your dream job? Congratulations to you for taking the next step to advance your career. No doubt you’re feeling a combination of excitement and anxiety. Remind yourself that you would not have been tapped for the interview if your qualifications and experience didn’t meet the parameters for the position. The interview is a two way street. Not only is it an opportunity for the hiring manager to determine if your disposition and drive are a match for the position and company culture, but the interview is also an opportunity for you to ascertain if the position and company are in line with your career goals and comfort level. Follow these recommendations from the human resource professionals to ensure your interview results in the coveted job offer.

The most important thing to wear to a job interview is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. Couple that with professional attire. Opt for a conservative suit or sports coat, blazer and trousers or knee length skirt. Leave the excess bling and over the top make up or hair styles for the weekend. Tone down the jewelry and opt for a solid color blouse or dress shirt. Loud colors and prints are not appropriate for most job interviews. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and snag a Stuart Weitzman coupon. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression.

Do your homework. Research both the company and the industry. This is especially important if you’re interviewing for a position outside of your current industry. The most important thing that you bring to the table is your skill set and experience. With determination and intention, various industries are an easier study than proven skill sets. Your hiring manager is well aware of the industry you’re now working in. The best place to start with your research is the company’s website. Thoroughly read each of the pages and take notes of questions to pose at the appropriate time during the interview.

Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Greet the hiring manager with a warm smile and firm handshake. Listen carefully to all the questions before answering and be frank, honest and forthcoming if you’re not sure of an answer. Thank the hiring manager for their time at the conclusion of the interview and ask to be considered for the position if you’re truly interested. Write a thank you note to the hiring manager the day of the interview. This will have a greater impact than an email. Best of luck to you.