Hey there! I know it’s been quite a while and I apologize for being MIA. Honestly, I just needed a break from blogging so that I could take time for myself. Sometimes we all just have to make time for a much needed break. However, I am happy to say that I am back and excited to dedicate time to my blog again!
This post is a little different from my other posts. I think focusing on your career is important and if you are not happy at your current job, it’s probably a sign that changes need to be made. Of course, you should always communicate with your boss about any issues or concerns that you have. However, if they’re just not hearing you out, then it’s time to seek other opportunities. Job hunting is hard and takes a lot of dedication, but once you score a job interview then you know you have to spend lots of time preparing for it. I’ve had experience being the interviewer and interviewee and I know it can be tough. Let me help you with some tips on how to ace your next job interview!
1. Let’s start with the obvious. Dress to impress.
I like to go by the rule less is more, meaning keep your outfit simple yet professional. You can’t go wrong with a button up blouse with a pencil skirt. Also, keep your hair style and make up at a minimum since you don’t want it to be a distraction. Avoid wearing any fragrances because you never know if your interviewer is sensitive to the smell.
2. Learn as much about the company and position before your interview.
Nothing is more humiliating than mentioning the wrong company or position during your interview. You can start out by exploring the company website and reading about their history and core values. Memorize things that stand out to you and be sure to plug in those values into some of your answers. Did the company recently win an award or achieve a major accomplishment? Mention it during your interview! This lets the other person know that you have taken the time to learn more about what you are applying for.
3. Elaborate on sections of your resume that are most relevant to the position.
This is your chance to prove why you’re the perfect fit for the position. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing position, you should emphasize how you helped increase company sales at your previous company. Begin by talking about the situation, go over the actions you took to achieve your goals, and explain the outcome. Always make it sound like a story by including a beginning, middle, and end.
4. Be prepared to ask questions.
When the interviewer asks you if you have any questions, always be ready to ask a few questions. This shows that you express great interest in the position. Some good ones to ask are:
What’s the biggest challenge for the person hired for this position?
Do you see any major obstacles for me being considered for this position?
How would you describe a typical day?
What are the opportunities for advancement?
What do you love about your job?
You don’t have to wait until the end of the job interview to ask these questions. As a matter of fact, it’s great to ask some questions during the interview so that you feel like you’re engaged in a conversation with the person instead of just having a strict Q&A session.
5. Send the interviewer a Thank You note.
At the end of your interview, make sure you ask for the hiring manager’s business card if they did not offer it to you. This way you’ll have their contact information. It’s courteous to send them an email thanking them for their time and letting them know that you look forward to hearing back from them. Keep it short and simple.
I hope these tips will help you ace your job interview! Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to add!