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Thursday 16 Jul 2020

Tips to Impress at Your Upcoming Interview

Congratulations, you’re almost there. Your CV caught the attention of a new potential employer and you’ve landed your interview. However, while your CV or resume will get you through the door, your interview will determine whether or not you are offered the position. 

So what are the best ways to prepare yourself to ensure you make the best impression? We’ve put together a few proven interview tips to help you leave a lasting positive impression to land the job you desire.


Make a Good First Impression

As the old saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression.” Within the first few minutes of meeting you, your interviewer will make their initial impression and you want to make sure it’s a positive one. This starts with arriving on time. In fact, it never hurts to arrive a few minutes early to ensure you are on time. 

Be sure to dress for success. Wear a professional outfit, and make sure you are well groomed. When you meet your interviewer, look them in the eye, smile confidently and shake their hand. While these details may seem minor, they go a long way in showing your interviewer that you are reliable, professional, and confident.


Research The Organization Before You Interview

You want to be able to show your interviewer that you’ve done your research about their company. Show them that you know how they make their money, who their clients are, and what their mission and vision are as a company. Do they engage in community outreach? Do they have a solid reputation as a great employer? By peppering in these details throughout your interview, you’ll show your interviewer that you know why you want to work for their company.  


Be Prepared to Briefly Discuss Your Qualifications

Most interviewers will ask you to provide a snapshot of your background at the beginning of your interview. Before your interview, take a good look at your resume. Think about what you would like to discuss to best highlight your ability to perform the job you are applying for. When you prepare a brief narrative of your professional history, you’ll stand out right from the start of the interview. Be concise, and spend the most time on your recent relevant accomplishments and history. Your target should be about 2 to 3 minutes long.


Prepare In Advance For Common Interview Questions

While you can never fully prepare for possible interview questions, there are frequently asked questions that are likely to be asked during interviews. You need to be prepared to explain why you are interested in their company, as well as why you are looking for employment. Be prepared to discuss your specific accomplishments. Many people go into their interview making general statements. To set yourself apart, use specific examples and talk about real facts (such as numbers and data).

Common interview questions may include:

  • Why did you apply for this position?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What are your greatest strengths? 
  • What are your greatest weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to work with our company?
  • Why are you leaving your current job (or last job)?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

When you prepare for these basic icebreaker questions, you will feel more confident during your interview. 


Finish The Interview With Your Own Questions

It’s important to remember that the interview process is also designed to show you if you want to work for a specific company. At the end of your interview, you will most likely be given the opportunity to ask your own questions. This is a great chance to find out more about the company and the specific position you are applying for. 

Some great interview follow up questions include:

  • What do the day-to-day responsibilities and expectations of this position require? 
  • What’s your favorite part about working for this company?
  • Does this position offer professional growth and development opportunities? If so, what do those opportunities look like?

When you ask your interviewer questions it shows that you are highly invested in the position and committed to understanding your prospects as a candidate.


Be Prepared To Interview Virtually

Given the current climate of the global COVID-19 pandemic, you may be required to interview virtually through Zoom or Google Hangouts. While this can prove a little daunting, the entire process will be very similar to an in person interview. Be sure to treat a virtual interview process as you would an in person interview. 

Be professional, punctual, honest, and authentic and you will be sure to leave a lasting impression. Most importantly, remember that you are being interviewed because you are qualified for the position. If you stick to these helpful tips, you will be well prepared for your upcoming interview. 

Looking for more information on how to impress at your upcoming interview? Over the next few months, the professionals at MenaITech will be covering tips aimed at preparing you for your interview, to include the best way to answer specific interview questions. Be sure to check in for the latest tips and information!