How to hook the interviewer even if your resume isn’t as strong as other candidates.
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By: Mikaela Bautista
So you have an interview tomorrow and you’re kind of freaking out right now aren’t you? It’s okay, every professional, student, you name it, has had that dreadful feeling of nervousness taking over the night before a big interview is supposed to happen. You start ripping apart your closet because you can’t find that one perfect shirt, or you can’t sleep because your mind is going a mile a minute thinking about all the things that could go wrong. Well I’m going to have to stop you right there. You can succeed in your interview if you follow these tips.
“Remember, it is important to take a few deep breaths and relax.” – Undercover Recruiter
Study. Study. Study. First you want to learn all you can about the company you will interview for. Google, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and social media are your best friends in this area. If you know the company environment and the key important people this will give you leverage to ask questions and show that you are interested in working there. Second, memorize your resume. It is important to be on your toes if the interviewer asks a question about what is on there. Third, study the position you are applied for. If you have skills that pertain to the specific job requirements talk about them and go into detail about your experience.
Remember, it is important to take a few deep breaths and relax. Do nott overthink or make yourself more nervous than you need to be. Bring a kit that will prepare you for anything that comes your way during the interview. A notepad and a pen to take notes, water in case you need to take a quick breather and a copy of your resume. It is important to smile and make eye contact. You want your interviewer to notice your interpersonal skills as well as believe that you are confident in yourself. Honestly, just be yourself. YOU’VE GOT THIS.
Oh and one last thing. Pay attention because this is important. After your interview is over, write a handwritten note and mail it to the interviewer. Thank them for their time and make it known that you look forward to hearing from them. This just might give you the edge over another candidate.
So remember these tips and everything will fall into place. Don’t over think, study and be prepared and I guarantee you will ace that interview. Hey, I bet you’re not as nervous now, are you?