Interviewing for a company isn’t rocket science, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t nerve-wracking. So, how can you be sure to stand out and prove you’re the best candidate for the job? There are a few simple steps that can help you put your best foot forward and present yourself as the right person to hire. Follow these ideas and you’ll be in a good position to get a job offer and career satisfaction.
1. Show confidence from the start.
You may not be entirely confident about the job, but you can’t let that show. You need to be confident about your background and what you bring to the table to effectively prove to the company that you’re right for their job. Be careful that your confidence doesn’t cross the line to arrogance, however, or you could undo everything you started.
2. Focus on communication skills.
Communication is an important aspect of any job, and you’ll need to demonstrate your ability from the very start. This includes your initial cover letter with your application. To this end, don’t avoid it all together. Customize it for the job. Also, be sure to be uninterrupted when you talk on the phone and focus on your body language in the interview.
3. Be open to learning new things.
You also want to demonstrate to any potential employer that you are willing to learn new things. They are certainly interested in your previous skills, but there will be aspects of their business or different technology that they use. Don’t be stubborn and refuse to do things their way, be open and flexible.
4. Ask well-thought-out questions.
You should also be able to ask smart questions that will help you learn more about the company. Your interviewer will be impressed that you did your homework but also that you are interested in learning more. Don’t ask what the job does, but ask about the corporate culture or the future goals of the company.
5. Have great recommendations.
Finally, you want to be sure you present the right references to the potential employers. Give them names and contact info of people who will be willing to give positive and constructive feedback about your past performance. Talk to your references first so they can expect the phone call.
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