Interviewing for a new job or position can be a very intimidating process. You never want to say or do the wrong thing, but you want to make sure you stand out. Today we are going to give you some great interview tips and tricks, for both phone and in-person interviews, perfect for landing any job!
A way of interviewing that is becoming more popular with employers, is doing a first round of interviews via a phone call. They do this to weed out the applicants that they feel aren’t a good fit, or don’t have quite the qualifications they’re looking for, but don’t want to waste their time by driving in for an in-person interview. Here is how to tackle a phone interview.
- Before taking the call, check out your interviewer via LinkedIn and the companies website. Learn as much as you can about their professional growth and what the company does so this gives you solid talking points to keep the conversation going.
- Even though the interview is in a place of your choosing, you should be ready at least10 minutes before. Don’t be scrambling to get all your information together and cause you not to be prepared at the time of the call.
- Make sure that you’re in an area that is quiet, but still has good cell phone reception.
- Have you resume handy so that if you do get nervous or start to mumble on a topic, you can reference it quickly.
During the Interview
- Every interviewer asks if you have any questions for them or about the position. Make sure you have a substantial 5-10 questions ready at hand. This will show that you have researched the company and have an interest in learning more.
- Within the questions, refrain from bringing up salary. That is something to be discussed if you are asked back for an in-person interview.
- Here is a quick list of some great interview question that you should ask!
- What is your favorite part of working for ________ company?
- How did you start with _______ company and what has been your career progression throughout that time?
- Tell me more about the growth opportunities with this position internally? Is there room for movement up?
- Describe to me the ideal candidate for this position?
- The culture looks great from the research I have done, and I like that the company values focus on X, Y, Z. Can you describe to me in your own words the company culture?
- When should I expect to hear back from you on next steps?
- Always send a “thank you” e-mail to each person you spoke with, and make sure it is within the first 4 hours of the interview.
- If you have not heard back from the decision maker r head interview, feel free to send a follow-up e-mail at the one week mark and ask for an update on the position.
Having an in-person interview can be over overwhelming. With knowing how to appropriately dress, bring the right materials, and not forgetting essential points, here are the best tips and tricks on handling face to face interviews.
- Make sure you arrive 10 minutes early. Even if you sit in the lobby for a few minutes, you never want to talk into the office precisely at the interview time. Punctuality is key!
- No matter what the dress code for the office space is, always arrive business snappy. No jeans, sneakers, or graphic tees. Wear neutral colored clothing, nice slacks, a shirt, and tie, or even a nice sweater is appropriate to wear.
- Bring a portfolio to carry your resume, a notebook and a pen into the interview.
During the Interview
- When the interviewer greets you, always greet them with a firm handshake. First impressions are huge, and your handshake will determine a lot.
- Before you sit down, give all interviewers a copy of your resume. They may already have a copy of it, but this shows them that you are prepared.
- Some may think writing things down during an interview is rude, but if the interviewers empathize something several times, they’ll appreciate you’re writing it down.
- If you’re meeting with several interviewers, make sure you glance at all of them while answering. Eye contact is key!
- Do refrain from putting your hands under the table. Keep them square to your body and on the table.
- Never be afraid to share your accomplishments! This is your time to shine!
- Never swear or use inappropriate language during an interview.
- Like a phone call interview, bring 5-10 questions with you that you can ask your interviewers. Look above for a list of questions.
- After the interview concludes, ask for a business card from every person you have met with.
- The day after the interview, make sure you write a handwritten “thank you” note to each of the interviewers. Thank them for their time and express your interest in the role.
- If you have not heard anything back from the head interviewers in 1-2 weeks, feel free to send a follow-up e-mail asking for an update on the position.
We hope these interview tips help you land any job you apply for! Always remember that first impressions are such an important part of a job interview! Make sure you look your most dapper self and wear Gentleman’s Box! Get yours here!