Caitlyn Medlock, Human Resources Coordinator
Let’s be honest, this job market is really a candidates market. With low unemployment rates, candidates really have the pick of the company they hope and dream to work for. However, to ensure you are landing your dream job, follow these interviewing tips and tricks below:
- Do your research!
Why would you apply for a company you know nothing about? Though the job title may be intriguing and you believe your skill sets may align quiet well with the role, it is essential to do you research on the company in which you may be applying for a role. Why would you want to work for a company that embodies the exact opposite in what you are looking for in a potential employer? What products does the company offer? How was the company founded? How long has the company been in business? What events does the company partake in within the community? Recruiters love when candidates know this information!
- Arriving to the interview:
A general rule of thumb it to arrive no more than 10 minutes before your interview. Though to may be really eager about the opportunity, you may have to wait up until 10 minutes dependent upon the recruiter or hiring managers schedule.
Bring copies of your resume. Bring any additional information that a recruiter may ask for – completed application, etc. dependent on the industry some may have everything electronic and some may only use hard copies still. Be prepared.
- Dress to Impress
When you are speaking with the recruiter, ask what their company dress code is. If employee’s wear jeans every day of the week then Business Casual is acceptable. If the dress code is Business Casual dress Business Professional. The goal is to dress to impress. Dress one step above what would be considered as general every day work attire within the company.
- Answer the Questions AND Sell Yourself
Interview questions can vary, but there is always an opportunity to provide the recruiter or hiring manager some insight on your best traits and skills! Keep in mind, always answer the original question but supporting details will never hurt your chances. This technique also helps the interview flow more like a conversation and eases everyone’s nerves.