Tips for Succeeding at Job Interviews

Congratulations to you on taking the next step to build your career and your own personal brand.  If you’ve landed an interview, your qualifications meet the designations for the positions. Relax, you’re qualified. The point of the interview is for the hiring manager and company to get some insight into your personality, drive and character.  Some interview processes at major corporations are multi step and very rigorous.  At other companies, an hour or two interview can result in a job offer.  Follow these recommendations from the Human Resources professionals to prepare for your interview. Keep in mind that the most important thing to bring to an interview is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a suit from the terrific selection available at  Macy’s.  Avoid loud prints and excessive jewelry or accessories.  When compiling research on the company, review their website. This will give you some insight into the company culture and quite possibly the general dress code.  Always dress for success for an interview.  Have additional hard copies of your resume available. Turn your phone off. Plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes early.

The interview is a two way process. It’s already been established that you have the necessary credential to do the job. Otherwise, you would not have been granted an interview.  During your research, compile a list of questions that you would like to have answered regarding the company, the industry and the scope of the position. Why did the person who held the position leave? Is this a position that was created due to growth or reorganization?  What are the advancement opportunities from this position?  Not only will you gain valuable information that will help you decide if this is where you want to further your career, but you will also demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’ve done your due diligence and are serious about the position. Best of luck to you on your career journey. You can do this!