So we’ve covered the simple phone interview. We’ve tackled what to do before and after the interview. Next step? It’s the face to face interview.
If we came to a consensus, everyone, and I do mean everyone gets super nervous about face interviews with companies they apply to. This can be stressful. In a short amount of time, you are examined by how and what you present in front of an intimidating employer.
Take a deep breath, it would be abnormal if you weren’t nervous.
In this interview your top goal is to convince the employer why you would be a great asset to their team.
Come into the interview with confidence and poise, make eye contact, smile wide, and make sure to use a firm handshake.
Here are the top 5 tips we follow at AcknowledgeHer to nail that interview.
As stated in our last blog posts, coming prepared to the interview is essential. Research the company till you’re an expert. Refresh your resume and make sure your cover letter has no typos. List your goals and how you would be the greatest fit for the job.
Practice makes perfect! Hold that mock interview with friends over dinner. Rehearsing multiple times will put those nerves at ease
#OOTD: Show up in an appropriate outfit. Sarah Veilleux, one of our AcknowledgeHer alums believes what you wear is the biggest first impression. “Interview outfits are more important than people think! I feel strongly that that you should always dress for the job you want, so always dress up a little more than you think you should. It's better to be overdressed than underdressed.”
Come into the interview standing all. Exude confidence and congeniality. Look professional as possible.
Greet your interviewer with a handshake, eye contact, and a smile!
The actual interview
Answer each question your interviewer gives with detailed responses. This is where practicing your notes comes in handy. Follow your interviewer with a flow.
Remember the importance of body language and verbal cues. Keep great posture. No slouching! You and your interview should have equal time to talk. Have your tone balanced. Listen to your interviewer. No one likes an interrupter!
Strategic small talk: When the time is right, try to find common ground with your interviewer. Take that opportunity to connect with your interviewer on a personal level. Try to work in a particular experience that demonstrates character and helps you stand out from other applicants.
Breath! Rushing through questions gives you no time to actually take a breath, which leads your thought process all over the place; hindering the best qualities of yourself.
Interview your interviewer
Have those insightful questions prepared before the interview! Companies want you to ask questions and want questions asked in return. They want to see that you can have a conversation. This means you're interested and want to learn as much as possible to excel at the job in the future.
The icing on the cake
Seal the deal and sell yourself. Highlight again why you’d be a great fit for their team.
Pro tip from another AcknowledgeHer alum Shannon Hook:
“At the end of the interview when the person interviewing you asks if you have any other questions, say ‘Is there any reason why you wouldn't hire me?’ This is something Rhonda and Noelle taught me as I was applying to different places towards the end of my internship. It shows that you are confident and that you are serious about what you want. I landed a 3 hour interview with the company I currently work for. When I asked the interviewer, now my manager, that question even she said ‘Wow, I really like that. You are trying to close the deal and that's what this job is all about.’ She was impressed and it also made me aware as to what I could work on if I did any other interviews.”
Never be the first to bring up compensation and benefits during an interview. It brings a vibe of “I’m only in it for the money” rather than the opportunity at a great career.
Ask what next steps are following the interview.
Look positive. It’s shows you're excited for what lies ahead!