Interviewing for a new role is the second toughest thing to do when you are new in a job search. The first toughest obstacle is actually obtaining the interview. So, congratulations to you if you have made it this far! Nonetheless, if you are in application mode, you should be studying up on what will be expected of you when you are staring across the table from that future-potential employer.
Interviewing can be extremely unnerving, but it doesn’t have to be. The first rule is to be prepared! The more that you rehearse your answers and knowledge, i.e. standard and behavioral interview questions, background on the company and who you are interviewing with, the more of a chance you have of making it to the next round of interviews. Do your homework and you will be rewarded substantially.
Another necessary rule in interviewing is to be professional and kind. Once you step onto the grounds of your potential new employer, you should be using your A-game (this starts when you pull into the parking lot). Be courteous, open doors, smile, greet people, ask how their day is and thank them for taking the time out of their busy day to meet with you! Everyone is evaluating you – even administrative assistants have been known to give feedback on how they experienced a potential employee.
In addition, it’s ok to be nervous! I usually have my client’s just call it out that they are nervous. Amazingly, this immediacy lowers the tension in the room and people usually appreciate honesty. After all, we are all human and NOT being nervous would be strange!
Finally, this is an interview about them and their needs, but it is also about how you will fit into the company. Remember that you are interviewing them as well. If they are rude to you or their onboarding process seems unorganized – please take note of that experience. Most likely people don’t get nicer or a place doesn’t get more organized once you get the job. Keep in mind that you have the power to excuse yourself from an interview process at any time if you aren’t feeling it.
Now go forth and go get’em! Follow some of these helpful hints from themuse.com here.