Winning Interview Tips

Have you just landed an interview for what could be your dream job? Congratulations to you. Chances are you are both excited and a bit nervous. Remind yourself that you would not have been selected for an interview if your experience and skill set did not meet the qualifications and requirements for the position. The job interview is an opportunity for the hiring manager to gauge your demeanor, motivation, articulation and ability to assimilate and add to the culture of the hiring organization or company. The job interview is a two way street. It is also an opportunity for you to further understand the scope of the position, the level of responsibility and potential for further advancement. Follow these winning tips from the human resource professionals to put your best foot forward during the interview process and land an irresistible offer.

The most important thing to wear to an interview is a genuine smile and quiet self-confidence. If the position you are applying for is in an office setting, professional attire is called for. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the wear to work options available from Bloomingdales. A well-tailored jacket and classic trousers are always suitable for a job interview. Select solid muted colors. Avoid loud prints, revealing styles and inappropriate patterns. Tone down the make-up, bling and hairstyles for a professional look. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression.

Conduct thorough research on the hiring company. The best place to start is on the company’s website. Read through all the pages on the website and take notes as questions arise. Prepare to pose these questions at the appropriate time during the interview. Research reviews on the company posted by clients, employees and prior employees. Understand the products and services the company offers, their pricing and competitiveness in the market place.  Understand the scope of competition in the market.

Eye contact, a firm handshake and a genuine smile are the best way to get an interview started on the right track. Listen carefully and provide thoughtful answers to questions posed. If you don’t know the answer, be forthright. AS questions you may have about the company and the position.  If you are indeed interested in the position, ask the hiring manager directly that you be considered for the position. Follow up with the hiring manager on the same day of the interview with a hand written note thanking him or her for their time. Best of luck to you in securing a job offer!