How do I make myself standout?
You finally got a call for a personal interview! Congratulations!! But the work isn't over yet. You still have to interview for the position. Here are some tips to help you with the interview process.
- Make sure your resume is updated and bring a copy for each interviewer, plus one or two extras.
- Take a practice drive to the site of the interview 24-48 hours before the interview. Think you know where it is? Take a test drive anyway. You never know when streets or bridges will be closed for repairs.
- Do your research. Know the company, and the position you are interviewing for.
- Do a practice interview the night before with someone. Dress in the outfit you will wear for the interview. This will help prepare you, but your answers won't be over-rehearsed.
- Dress appropriately. Know the company and the industry in which you are interviewing.
- Arrive early. Don't arrive 30 minutes before your interview, but 10 minutes early, perhaps.
- Greet the interviewer by his or her title (Mr., Ms., Mrs.) and the correct pronunciation of the last name. Not sure how to pronounce the last name? Call the company the day before and ask!
- Shake hands firmly and make eye contact.
- Avoid using slang and pause words such as ahh, umm, hmm. If you need to think about your answer, a short, thoughtful pause always works.
- Be confident and positive. You are there to sell yourself. Don't step over the line and become aggressive.
- Don't bring up personal issues.
- Provide relevant examples with your answers.
- Listen attentively and don't interrupt.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewers.
- Shake hands when you are done, maintain eye contact, and thank the interviewer for his or her time.
- Follow up with a thank you note or email to each interviewer.
- Be honest with yourself. Is this a good fit for you? Remember, during an interview, you are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you!
InterMetro Industries is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.