So, you submitted your job application, got a call back and now you have a big interview scheduled—congratulations! Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can wing it, though. Every interview requires at least some degree of preparation. The more you research and practice for the interview, the better your chances of nailing it.
Here are our best interview prep tips—and if you need assistance landing more interviews, consider working with a local staffing company in Fort Lauderdale, FL like Key Technical Resources, Inc.:
- Find out what type of interview it will be: There are many different types of interviews, including group, panel, one-on-one and behavioral. If you’re working with a recruiter, you can ask them as well as ask for tips on how to prepare for that particular type of interview. If not, feel free to ask the company when you get the call, or follow up if you’ve already scheduled a time and date.
- Research the company and the position: Hopefully you already have more than a passing familiarity with the company and position, but if you’ve applied to hundreds of jobs in your search, they can start to blur together very quickly. Research the company, their mission statement, values, size, former employee reviews and any details about the position that you can.
- Study your own resume: Make sure that you know your own resume front and back. You don’t want to be asked about a former position and blank when you’re on the spot. Know what you’ve written and think about questions a potential employer might ask you.
- Practice your greeting: Making a great first in-person impression is something you only get to do once, so grab a friend and ask them to practice with you. Your goal is to appear friendly, professional and competent.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions: A quick Google search will help you identify the most common interview questions—including industry-specific lists. Have a friend pretend to interview you and see how you do when you’re in the hot seat.
- Pick out your interview outfit: Appearances do matter when you’re trying to convince an employer that you are a safe, reliable hire. Dress appropriately for the position, and remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. It conveys respect for the company and the interviewer.
- Plan to be at least 10 minutes early: Being late for your interview is the kiss of death. To avoid this, map out directions and leave plenty of time in case something goes wrong. The worst-case scenario is usually that you’ll have to sit in your car or walk around the block to kill time.
Interviewing might be intimidating, but when you follow these tips, you’ll have a much greater success rate.
Working with local staffing companies in Fort Lauderdale, FL can help you land interviews with great companies. Call Key Technical Resources, Inc. to get started finding the right IT job for you—we look forward to assisting in your search!
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