So you landed that big job interview. Next stop: securing your next, exciting career opportunity.
Not so fast.
Making a positive impact off paper is just as (if not more) challenging during the job search process, so it’s important you’re well-equipped for whatever the interviewer may throw at you. And lucky for you, we’re happy to offer some guidance. Century Group’s Director of Client Services Nathalie Hollants shares her top five preparation tips — helping you to walk into your interview feeling confident and ready to impress.
1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Knowledge is power, and this adage is especially true when preparing for a job interview. Arm yourself with as much information as possible by researching the company and its people. “Review the website in detail, check out the team and find articles about the company that you can discuss during the interview,” Hollants says. “Look up the hiring managers on LinkedIn. What do you have in common?”
2. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
Try to get the names and positions of everyone you’ll be meeting with. And remember to take the type of company you’re interviewing with into consideration. Is it an entertainment, start-up or a more traditional firm? Dress accordingly, Hollants explains.
3. BE YOUR BEST SELF
Employers want to know you’re just as excited about them as they are about you. Hollants says to be engaged and show your enthusiasm for the role throughout the interview. “Most importantly, be yourself and honest about your experience.”
4. STUDY THE JOB DUTIES
It’s pretty straightforward to know the job responsibilities of the job you’re applying for. But successful candidates go one step further — relating their personal background to the position’s specific duties. “Sell your experiences, and how you can be an asset,” Hollants says.
5. SEND A THANK-YOU NOTE
This small touch goes a long way. Aim to send a thank-you email within 24 hours after your interview to help solidify your overall impression on the interviewer. “It should be personal and to the point,” Hollants explains. “Often times, this can make or break the deal.”
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