Tips for Candidates new to the Hiring Process

Have you become stagnant in your career? Are you looking for a career advancement? If so, you are among many others who feel this way. Maybe the only thing holding you back from taking the appropriate steps to make the switch is that you are comfortable with your current employer, or you may feel like you don’t know how to interview anymore, as it has been such a long time. I have four interview tips that will help relieve you of any fears and land your dream job.

First Impression

Even if you have not been on an interview in a while one thing has remained consistent, first impressions are crucial. Please arrive to the interview well groomed, dressed appropriately, and lead with a firm handshake. You only get one shot to make the employer remember you and you want the experience to be a positive one.

Come Prepared

Always bring multiple copies of your resume to an interview, one for yourself, the interviewer, and a couple others for any additional team members who sit in on the interview. The next process of coming prepared is to know what is on your resume. When you are in the interview and your future employer asks you about specific experience on your resume, you should be able to answer their questions. Nothing is less professional than someone who does not know what is written on their own resume. If the employer asks how you used a technology listed in your “technical skills” section and you do know what you did with it, you may seem unprepared and halfhearted to your interviewer.

Ask Questions

If you ask questions during the interview, you are not only showing interest in the position but are able to gain more information about the position. A lot of people think that they are the ones being interviewed but that shouldn’t be the case. You should ask questions to get more details on the role to make sure it is a company you would want to work for and a job you would enjoy. Additionally, you will be able to gather valuable information about the job and you can then highlight the skills you have that make you a good fit for the role.

Follow Up

After the interview, always send a thank you note. Employers want a candidate who will show appreciation for their time and it could make you stand out among other interviewees. This will boost your interview and could be the difference in obtaining the position.

I feel confident that if you are able to execute these four tips during an interview that dream job you have been eyeing can become a reality.

Leave a Reply