You made it through the resume critique and the phone screen. Now all you need to do is ace the in-person interview and that offer could be yours! While interviews can be intimidating, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of employment. Here, we go over Barton’s top six tips on how to get that offer!
- Do your research
Employers expect you to have some prior knowledge of the position, company and industry going into the interview. Gaining this knowledge is as easy as going over the job description, perusing the company website, as well as researching information on the industry as a whole. You should always be able to answer the question, “What brought you to apply with this company?” and explain why you are a fit for the role at hand.
- Get ready!
Always make sure to look presentable when coming in for an in-person interview! As every company culture and attire is different, feel free to ask ahead of time what would be most appropriate to wear. Don’t go overboard though; wearing a lot of perfume or cologne can be a distraction for the interviewer especially if you are in a confined space. Also, make sure to bring something to write with along with a few copies of your resume just in case you meet with multiple people. A general rule of thumb is to always show up 15 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time. Arriving early demonstrates your interest in the position, and dedication to success.
- Prepare questions
This is one tip that often gets overlooked; ask questions! One major pet peeve of employers is when candidates sit through an entire interview and have no questions to ask. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the role and company, and that you have put some real thought into working there. Although employers do expect you to have done general research on the position, company and industry, there is much more to know than what can be found on their website. The questions you ask should also be well thought out, not just the basics. Good questions will have a focus on company growth and the direction of the company, as well as how the position is expected to evolve. The answers to these questions can be crucial when multiple offers are on the table and you need to make a decision between them.
Body language can often speak louder than words during an interview. Remember to remain calm and confident! Maintain eye contact with the interviewer and smile. Show your personality off while still keeping a professional demeanor. Most importantly, be yourself! Act like you are having a regular conversation with another person, don’t dehumanize the person interviewing you. If you are clearly not acting like yourself it can be obvious, and could cost you an offer. Also, always make sure to allow the interviewer to completely finish a question or statement before chiming in and put thought behind your responses.
- Highlight yourself
When talking about your accomplishments, always try to point out a correlation between your background and the job at hand. This will help show the employer that your past work experiences can be transferred to what you would be doing in this new role. Try to make that match between your expertise and requirements for the job! The best thing to do is practice and rehearse prior to the interview. Go over your resume and the job description ahead of time so you are prepared to explain how different aspects of your resume relate to the job you are interviewing for.
- Follow up
It is always best to follow up with a thank you email to everyone involved in the interview. Here, you will be able to summarize a final time why you are a good fit for the position, and can add anything that you may have forgotten to mention in the interview. It is best to send this within 24 hours of the interview when the managers are most likely making their decision.
The in-person interview is usually the final step in the process of obtaining a job. It is your chance to expand from the confines of a resume and truly show the employer what you bring to the table. Making sure to follow all the tips included here will boost your chances significantly!