By Corey Hastings
Picture this: you’ve made it through the first round of the job search process – your stand-out resume was selected and you’ve been called in for an interview. While congratulations are in order, it’s also time to start planning out how you’re going to stick the landing and secure the job.
Focusing on the interview itself is a good first step, but sometimes pre-interview preparation and post-interview follow up can go by the wayside. Below, we’ve put together a guide on how you can impress your interviewer and land the job pre, during and post job interview.
Before the Interview
If we could sum up your pre-interview experience in one word it would be: preparation! You can never be too prepared for a job interview, and the more you know about a company the more you’ll impress your interviewer.
Preparation should include:
- Familiarizing yourself with the company’s website. Don’t just skim their home page, dig deep into the industry and the goals of the organization. Discover who they work and partner with, what services and products they provide, and any top company members listed.
- Google the company and read about any recent projects, awards or press releases.
- Check the company’s social networks like Linkedin and Twitter and get a feel for their voice and how they connect with their community.
- Based on your research, prepare a list of questions about anything that you may want further information about.
- Prepare a brief introduction about yourself and your experience that you can share with the interviewer when they ask you to tell them a bit about yourself.
It’s always good to bring an extra copy of your resume to show you’re fully prepared, and make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive. There’s nothing worse than being late to a job interview!
During the Interview
Confidence is key during your interview. While arrogance can get you in trouble, it’s good to remember that you were most likely chosen from a large pool of candidates to come in and further impress the interviewer. So be proud of your accomplishments, maintain eye contact, and tout those skills!
Once prompted, dive into the brief pitch that you’ve prepared about yourself, and be ready to answer any questions they have about your resume and your past experience. If tough subjects come up, like weaknesses or reasons for leaving past jobs, be truthful, but remain positive. Show them you’re a team player, an active participant in furthering the advancement of the company, and are ready and willing to deliver results and get things done.
And don’t forget to ask the questions you’ve prepared. This will show them you’ve done your research and you’re invested in the company and the position.
After the Interview
Congrats – you survived! Shake off all of those interview jitters and pat yourself on the back. And then hop back on your computer, because the interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door.
Prepare a concise but detailed thank you email to each person you met with during your interview. This will act not only as a reminder of your conversation, but position you as a thoughtful candidate who is serious about landing the job.
If you’ve provided references, be sure to let them know that you’ve done so. This will act as a heads up and courtesy to your contacts, and help them prepare how best to discuss your past experience and skills.