You get up the morning of your interview, do some additional research on the company, practice your answers to some of the interview questions that you know will be asked, and you’re ready to walk out the door. What could possibly go wrong? You feel like you are ready to conquer the world, right? Well, before you go running out that door, make sure you follow these simple rules as found on CareerBuilder.com. Here is a brief overview for you…
1) Don’t arrive too early for your interview.
If you get into the parking lot more than 15 minutes early, hang out there for a few minutes. Employers want you to respect their time, and if they know you’re 45 minutes early, sitting in the waiting room, they could get a little annoyed. Recommended time to arrive would be 5-10 minutes early.
2) Don’t sound too desperate.
Be confident, let them know you’ve done your research on the position and the company, and show them that you’re interested in working for them. Don’t make it seem like you are only in search of someplace that will give you a paycheck. They want to know that you’re running TO them, not away from something else.
3) Don’t be crazy about your follow up.
That’s Good HR has talked about this in previous blog posts. Max follow up we recommend is one thank you card via mail, and one thank you email. Though, one or the other is just fine. There is no need to send 5 emails, leave 3 voice mail messages and stop by the office to follow up. When they are ready to get in touch with you, they will. Unfortunately, not all interviewers are good at retuning follow up. This usually means (not always) that you will not be moving forward in the process. If this is the case, bow out gracefully and move on in your search.
4) Keep trash talking out of the interview.
May seem basic, right? Don’t say anything bad about your current or former employer, coworkers, or anyone for that matter. Be respectful, no employer wants to hire someone who seems to have a chip on their shoulder. Bottom line, be positive!!
5) Know what you want and where you want to go.
Sure, we all at some point in our career will question what we really want to be doing or where we really want to be working. But, during an interview, employers want to see someone with direction. Have a path in mind and be ready to sell the reasons why you want to take your career in that direction.
There is no guarantee that following these steps will get you that perfect job, but it will definitely help you leave a great impression! At That’s Good HR, we specialize in preparing our candidates to be able to have the most successful interviewing experience possible.