Congratulations! You’ve made it through the door for an interview with a potential employer. Take a minute to recognize how difficult just getting to this point can be. Imagine how many people applied for the job but didn’t get invited to interview. Know that you’re there because the business thinks you’re a great candidate.
Hold on to that feeling and take confidence from it as you prepare for the interview itself. Chances are good that the company is interviewing multiple people for what might be just one opening. To set yourself apart from the rest you’ll need to be prepared.
The recruiters at Connect Staffing love to help the people they work with get ready for interviews. Here are some of the tips we share as part of supporting our candidates’ success:
1. Learn Everything You Can About the Business
No matter the job, walking into the interview with some preparation is a good way to stay in control of the usual jitters. The more time you spend getting to know the business where you’ll be interviewing, the job you’ve applied for, and the person you’re going to speak with, the better off you’ll be. Ask your recruiter as many questions as you like—there’s no such thing as a bad question—and conduct your own research online. Taking notes and thinking up questions to ask the interviewer can be great ways to show engagement and keep the conversation moving.
2. Get There Early
Make a good impression on your potential employer by arriving 10 to 15 minutes early. Arriving too early can be awkward, so no need to overdo it. While you’re waiting, try not to look at your phone. Instead, make eye contact with people as they walk by. Use the time as a chance to breathe while you get an early feel for what the workplace is like.
3. Bring Your Backup Materials
In our digital culture, candidates often forget to bring a hard copy of their resume. It’s a good idea to keep a few extras on hand. Also be sure to have a hardy copy of your list of references and any other materials the employer might need to see, like evidence that you’ve completed a particular training program.
Talking about the job with a friend or a family member is a great way to get ready for an interview. Encourage your practice partner to ask the types of questions everyone dreads, like, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” If a question stumps you, try writing out your answer.
5. Show Your Enthusiasm
Employers look for more than someone who can just check the boxes. They usually also want a cultural fit. This means getting along with your potential boss, fellow coworkers, and customers. Be positive throughout the interview, even if you feel like it’s not going well. Remember the research you did? By asking good questions about the business you’ll show you’re really interested in what they do.
6. Interview the Company as Much as They’re Interviewing You
An interview shouldn’t be one-sided. Just as the company is looking for a good fit, you should do the same. Ask about the company culture and their management style. If their approach to management doesn’t align with your preferences, it might not be the best fit.
Remember, It’s Just One Job Among Many
A powerful way to get over nervousness in an interview is to go into it feeling like you can not get the job and still be just fine. If this business doesn’t hire you, chances are good someone else will. Have confidence!
The final piece of advice we have for you is to rely on your recruiter. Your recruiter is your ally during this process. Your success is our goal. If you have questions before the interview, please don’t hesitate to call.
Connect Staffing has built its reputation by taking great care of the candidates we work with. Are you looking for work and need a partner to help you find a great employer? Give Connect Staffing a call today at (714) 622-4494 or send us a message through our contact page.