For a skill that all of us will have to use in our life at some point, being good at interviewing is something that’s surprisingly underrated. More even than your education, your interviewing skills determine your career path and opportunities in life. After all, what good is a PhD if you can’t convince a company to hire you to use it?
Unless you want to be left behind in the job market of today and be depending on one signature loan after another for the rest of your future, it behooves you to do everything you can to up your interview game. Here are our favorite tips to do just that.
No, this doesn’t mean dressing up in a fireman’s uniform if you’re interviewing to be a fireman; what it does mean is that you should dress as professionally as the job you’re trying to get, and that you should always err on the side of more professional. Appearances are hugely important when you have a limited amount of time to make an impression on your potential boss.
While it might sound dehumanizing, the most effective way to prepare yourself for an interview is to think of your job interview as a chance to pitch a yourself to your boss as if you were a product. What are your features? What can you do? What makes you special? These are all things your job interviewer is thinking, and are ultimately what will decide whether they hire you or not.
It may be cliché, but the key to any job where you’re going to be interacting with other employees is open and effective communication. We’ve written before about just how much of a gamechanger communication can be to your career, but what we haven’t mentioned is that it can be just as important to getting that job in the first place. Not only will communicating well help you sell yourself and your skills to the interviewer, but being a good communicator in and of itself is an asset you can bring as an employee.
Knowledge is power when it comes to interviewing, and it’ll always behoove you to research the company your interviewing at before you show up. What’s their company ethos? How do they fit into their industry as a whole? What are the challenges they face? All these questions can give you an edge in an interview and help you position yourself as an ideal employee.
To research the company, start by taking a look at their website and social media profiles. Doing so will give you an idea of the image they’re trying to portray. To learn more about what the experience of actually working at the is like, check Glassdoor and see how previous employees rate and think of the company.