Going after your dream job?
Learn some of the best practices to use as you prepare for your HR interview!
If you are going after your dream job and finally snag an interview, it can be slightly daunting to think about the interview process. During this process, a potential employer will be looking for specific attributes, skills, and experience that you have obtained and you want to be sure to make a good impression. Below are some key practices to remember before heading into your interview.
Firstly, it is important to gather some helpful tips that you should remember during the interview process.
Tip #1 – Prepare beforehand.
Although it may seem like a no-brainer, it is absolutely vital to mentally prepare before your interview takes place. Prepare yourself with all of the knowledge and experience that you want to highlight during this interview that can make you a more competitive candidate. Also, it is a great idea to also do research on the company, as well as the exact position you’re interviewing for, so you can sound informed and ready during the interview.
Tip #2 – Arrive on time.
Nothing spoils an interview like a late candidate. Be sure to be on time, if not early, to give off a great impression. Companies like punctual candidates and that could possibly be one of the reasons you get hired!
Tip #3 – Be yourself.
As cliché as it sounds, be yourself throughout this whole process. Take pride in the fact that you are you and you are the only person who is you. Be confident in what you bring to the table, and allow that to mellow you out during the interview process.
Tip #4: Confidence is Important
Another great practice that you should remember during this process is that your confidence and your skillset are very important. Employers want to see that you are confident in yourself, as well as your skills, and that will shine through during the interview process. Of course, have your skills showcased on your resume but be sure to emphasize what skills you have acquired that can specifically benefit this job position, as well as the company as a whole. Be prepared to answer any specific questions about your skillset during the interview and perhaps research some key questions that could possibly be brought up, just so that you are optimally prepared.
Tip #5: Do Your Research
One thing that can’t be stressed enough is to do research before your interview, as this can provide you with a competitive edge during the interview. Research the position, what specific tasks or responsibilities that it requires, and come prepared with potential questions that you may want to ask. It is vital to also do research about the company as a whole, who they are, what their mission is, and what the industry is. This will allow you to appear informed about the job, the company, and how well you will fit, and demonstrate that you know how to keep up the conversation.
Tip #6: Be Direct With Your Intentions
In terms of wrapping up the interview, be direct about your intentions with the position, especially since this is your dream job. Perhaps close with a statement such as, “I would really like to work with this company and contribute my skills here, and am hoping you select me as a candidate.” Statements like this allow for there to be no confusion about you and the position. The employer will have no doubt in their mind that you want the job and are willing to work. If you feel as though statements like those are too straight forward, maybe ask a recruiter about their preferred method of keeping in touch post-interview, and whether it would be allowed to reach out. Subsequently, it is also important to know when to sit back and wait. If the recruiter or interviewer asks you to follow up by email or phone in about a week, be sure to respect that and be diligent about responding that particular day. You don’t want to give off the impression that you are desperate. If it’s been a while since your interview and its been silent on their end, you can also send the interview an intentional, personalized follow-up email. Be sure to be intentional and personal by using the names of the people you spoke with, and demonstrate in your letter just how your skills and accomplishments align with the company’s challenges or needs. Be sure to emphasize how you would be an asset to the company and that you are serious about the position. You never know what may happen if you take the leap and attempt to touch base again. Like I stated before, you don’t want to come off as pushy or desperate, but do be intentional about what you want and how you can be of service to this company.