“Getting paid to sleep… that’s my dream job.”
Ok, so you may not get paid to sleep, but follow the fabulous guidelines in this post and you could certainly get the awesome job you’ve been seeking.
No matter if you are seeking digital marketing jobs, freelance work with small companies, or a position with a large corporation, honing those interview skills is essential.
Make a Great Impression
First impressions only come once, and they can leave lasting impressions.
How can you make an impression that leaves a positive feel?
Here are some things to do…
• Be Punctual
Arriving fifteen minutes before your interview is a good rule. You don’t want to arrive too early as this can make staff uncomfortable, but you certainly do not want to be late.
Your interviewer is giving you a chance with his or her valuable time. Respect that.
• Dress Your Best
This one depends on the company or organization you are interviewing with and may take some research, which we will talk more about shortly. You don’t want to overdo it, but you don’t want to go too casual either even if the company is casual.
There is truth to the whole “Dress for the job you want” mentality unless of course you want to be superman. No capes please.
• Watch Your Mannerisms
The firm handshake along with genuine eye contact can go a long way in presenting yourself effectively upon meeting your interviewer. Be poised, not aggressive. It is natural for many to be a bit nervous, but by practicing meeting with people, along with some preparation, you can walk and move with self-assurance.
You are now on time, looking professional, and walking with confidence. The next step is to…
Know Your Stuff
This is where interview skills often have to be developed. Preparing and researching takes effort but will pay off in the long run.
• Do Your Research
Again, it does not matter what type of job you are seeking here, whether a digital marketing job or more traditional corporate job. You need to know something about the work that is being done and the people doing it.
We are not talking about extreme stalker mode here, but you do need to know quite a bit. You don’t want to be caught off guard, and the interviewer will likely appreciate your thoroughness.
What is the company’s mission statement? What is their purpose and goals? Who are their competitors? What are some great tings your interviewer has accomplished, written, etc.?
Get online and find out!
• Pretend and visualize
Visualization may sound a little woo-woo for the more business minded among us. But, research shows the brain doesn’t know the difference between an event visualized in the mind, strongly with feeling, and one actually happening.
Pretend that you are in the interview. Here the sounds and smell the coffee, flowers, etc. Engage your senses and make it as real as possible.
Imagine yourself confidant and acing it! You may just watch your visualization turn into reality!
• Tough Questions
This one takes work as well. You may have some questions coming that are hard to answer. Practice with some possibilities like:
Why should I hire you?
Tell me about yourself that isn’t there in your resume?
When prepping your answers, just keep in mind that it’s about what you can contribute to the company and gear responses accordingly.
Following up in a reasonable amount of time shows your desire for the job.
This is one often left out, but could cost you your dream job if ignored. The interview may have gone great, but you are unlikely the only applicant. Following up in a reasonable amount of time shows your desire for the job.
Just don’t be obnoxious about it.
Another chosen applicant may have dropped out for some reason possibly allowing you to receive the position if you follow up. It can also be a learning opportunity if you didn’t get the job. You can ask how you could improve for next time.
Sending a thank you note is also always a nice touch. Genuinely thank the interviewer for his or her time and insights.
A Little Prep and a Lot of Style
Bottom line is being professional and courteous. Put yourself in the place of the interviewer. What would you want to see if you were interviewing applicants?
Dress for the part, while being honest, and genuine. Follow up graciously and bask in receiving the job of your dreams, no cape needed! 🙂