Landing an interview can feel like a huge win in the job search game. Getting to that in person meeting is more than half the battle of getting the job you’ve been working so hard to get. However, gettingthe interview is just the first step. The actual doing part is not yet over and requires a lot of preparation and pieces coming together. Interviews can be a bit intimidating sometimes, but with the proper pre-interview procedure you can take a bit of that stress away and help yourself to feel confident that you are portraying your best self. These are some of my best practices to get ready to get a step further from landing the interview and actually land the job.
An interview is essentially a sales-pitch for yourself. Your potential employer wants to get to know you and find out if you are worth buying into. That mean that the way you position yourself and your brandis the most vital part of the whole interview. Your brand is who you are, what you can do, and why you are an asset to any team, especially the one you are interviewing for. Preparing yourself to do this is incredibly important in the pre-interview process. It takes time to figure out how to correctly sell yourself and describe your brand to an employer without coming off as if you are conceited or bragging. Spend some time in the days leading up to the interview homing in on your core message and what makes you, as a brand, the right person for the job.
What you wear to an interview is going to be the first impression your potential employers get of you. Although it is important to “dress to impress” as they say, it is arguably more important to dress comfortably. There is nothing more off-putting than someone who can’t stop adjusting and fidgeting in their clothes. This gives off an air of insecurity that you want to avoid at all costs when trying to show someone how fantastic you are. No matter how great your pitch is, they will not be able to stop thinking about how much you are wiggling! When you choose your interview outfit, be sure you are not only picking something that you look good in but that you feel good in. Don’t wear anything itchy, scratchy, or painful and for the ladies, be sure choose a comfortable bra, like my favorites from True & Co., that won’t have you constantly trying to shift things around. You want to exude confidence in front of your interviewers and feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing is one of the easiest ways to do that.
This stage is one that it often overlooked in the interview process. Some companies are interviewing dozens of people for one position. The in-person piece of the puzzle is the most important place to be sure you are setting yourself apart from the crowd. However, the follow-up is the next most important. You don’t want your interviewers to forget how wonderful you are, even as they go through their other applicants. Many people choose to opt with the run-of-the-mill e-mail follow-up thanking the interviewers for their time and reminding them of their interest in the job and excitement for the position. This is a very important message to convey and should be done following every interview but the channel through which it is done is your chance to be truly unique. Rather than following up via e-mail, take the time to send a handwritten thank you note. Not only is that a much more personal approach, but the card will serve as a physical reminder of how great you are and more importantly, whoyou are as compared to any of the other candidates for the position.
Be sure to employ these techniques when preparing for your next interview and I guarantee you will be sporting an air of cool confidence that will no doubt blow your interviewers away and hopefully land you that position!
This guest post was graciously provided by Emily Krause.
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