Posted December 2, 2010on:
So, you finally got the opportunity you have been waiting for, an interview for your dream job. If you want to go into the meeting feeling confident and make a positive impression, follow Kuhnke Communication’s guide for acing an interview:
- Do your research: gather information about the company, the job, and what is required of you. Preparation is key.
- Demonstrate enthusiasm. Show yourself off. Hiding your skills and talents doesn’t serve anyone. Tell the interviewers how your talent and expertise can benefit the organisation. If you can, give examples of previous work which showcase your strength and talent.
- Suggest ways in which you feel you can make a difference to the company. Offer ideas for possible initiatives from which the organisation could benefit. Be cautious here, don’t be cocky, acknowledge you are an outsider.
- Show an interest in the company’s needs, concerns and challenges. Ask questions. Hold off enquiring about salary, benefits, holidays, etc. If they’re interested in hiring you, they’ll offer that information.
- Actively listen. This means listening for what’s being said as well as the attitude, emotion and feelings behind the words you hear. This will tell you a lot about your interviewer’s state of mind.
- Keep your body language open to show that you are engaged. Smile. Look at your interviewers. Avoid fidgeting.
- Dress smartly. Make sure that your clothes are clean and that your shoes are polished.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before and arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled meeting.
- Be polite and considerate to everyone you meet. You’re creating an impression from the moment you walk through the door until you walk out. Make sure it’s positive.
- Finally, follow up with a thank you letter. While email is fine, a handwritten letter makes a more personal statement. Whichever you choose, make sure you send the note of thanks the next day. Remember: how you present yourself if how you’ll be perceived.
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