November has been declared Career and Workforce Development Month by the Province of Manitoba. What better way to mark the month than with tips on interviewing well?
You may have a stellar resume that got you the interview but if you don’t, we’ve got you covered there too. It is important to remember, the employer you are interviewing for believes you may be a good fit for the job. So, how do you ensure you get the job? Here are some of our tips on how to make a good impression in an interview:
Research the companyA good rule of thumb is to learn as much about the company as you can so you can answer questions on why you want to work with them. It is also a great way to see if you’d even like working for the organization. Particularly, focus on the achievements they’ve made and noteworthy awards they’ve won.
Review the job postingRefreshing yourself on the job posting will give you a better idea of what the organization and recruiters are looking for. You can then focus on how your skills match up to the job posting and compose a list of all the projects you’ve worked on that would make good examples.
Anticipate questionsOnce you’ve reviewed the job posting, you should have a good idea of the skills and behavior related questions your recruiters will ask. Of course, they may still throw curve ball at you, but it is good practice to write possible questions down and then rehearse your answers to said questions.
Dress professionallyThis should go without saying. Unless the company itself promotes a more casual dress wear, you should look and feel your most professional self. Like they say, dress for where you want to be not where you are.
Bring a copy of your resume/ portfolio/ sampleIt’s always good practice to have a few copies of your resume and some samples of work or your portfolio with you.
Arrive earlyBut not too early! Arriving 10-15 minutes early shows punctuality and eagerness to be interviewed. Arriving 40 minutes early just puts pressure on your recruiters to rush an interview with another candidate.
Greet your interviewer with a firm handshakeGreet your recruiters with a firm handshake and a warm smile. A firm handshake is a sign of professionalism and assertiveness.
Ask questionsThink of an interview as a first date. It is as much a test for the organization as it is for you. So, come prepared with questions. You should put some thought into the kind of environment and people you want to work with. Really get to know the company you may end up working for. Plus, asking questions reinforces the idea that you’re not just looking for a job but a career.
Provide your referencesEven if you haven’t been asked for it, email or being a paper copy of references to your recruiter. It shows that you take initiative and anticipate next steps.
Ask for contact informationIf you don’t have a way of contacting your recruiters for queries, make sure to ask for their business card. It is a great way to establish a connection and send them a follow up email.
Follow upFinally, make sure you send a follow up email to your recruiters thanking them for their time and reiterating your interest and enthusiasm for working with them.
Did you know our Career Services team offers Employment Services to Robertson Students, past and present? If you have any questions about job opportunities, resumes, and interviewing skills, contact our Career Services team today.