6 Interview Tips
In order to survive job seeking season, here are a few tips to help you prepare. You may be familiar with some or even all of them, but either way they are a great reminder to help get your gears turning.
Job seeking season has begun and everyone is scrambling around trying to recover from the warm summer weather, attempting to get everything together. Seeking for a job can become quite stressful, whether it be for a part-time position, full-time position, or even a co-op position. Here are a few tips to help get you started!
- Research the company
It is always good to read up on the company to find out more about their visions/values to see if they align with yours. Make sure to also learn the different products/services the company offers, along with its history. It also never hurts to dig a little deeper and read up on the current news about the company, alongside tracking how their stocks have been doing.
- Find out who you’re interviewing with and research them too
Researching your interviewer beforehand is important as well as this gives you an idea of you can relate to them. Cultural fit is an important factor in a successful team environment, which is why this may be useful, but try not to go over board with this one.
- Dress for the job
Your outfit can make more of an impact than you think because first impressions are made within the first 30 seconds of meeting. Make sure your outfit demonstrates your personality, but stays within the business-professional look. Try to wear solid colours over patterns, and neutral colours over bright ones, this will help not distract the interviewers.
- Bring extra copies of your resume
Although the interviewer may already have your resume printed out in front of them, it doesn’t hurt to have extra copies of your resume because you always have to expect the unexpected. The interviewer may not have had the time to print it out, which is when your copy will come in handy.
- Body language is key
Similar to what your wearing, the body language you make during your interview can make a huge impact. For starters, practice your handshake with friends and family to ensure that it is firm and not too weak. During the interview, try to talk with subtle hand gestures, while maintain good posture and good eye contact.
- Send a thank you e-mail
After the interview, it is always nice to send a thank you e-mail to everyone you met. It shows that you care and are serious about getting the job.
At the end of the day, know that you gave it your best and you’ve already done all that you could to do well on the interview. Good luck!
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