So you’ve done your due diligence and well prepared for your next job interview. You’ve chosen an appropriate outfit, reviewed the questions you are likely to be asked, and researched the company and keywords so that you can understand how you will answer those questions. Now comes the question of the interview itself. We have some tips for those who want to know how to have a good interview.
Make a good first impression
You probably know the phrase that you only get one chance to make a good first impression, and when you try to convince the hiring manager that you are the best fit for the job, you don’t want to cripple yourself by making a bad one. Even if you pass the rest of the interview, if it started off on the wrong foot, your chances of getting hired will suffer significantly.
First of all, your appearance will go a long way in making a good first impression. This means keeping your outfit neat and tidy, so make sure you don’t spill anything on it or crease it. Second, when you are approached by the hiring manager to begin the interview, put yourself on a sincere smile. While you shake their hands with a winning smile, maintain firm eye contact with them to impart your poise and confidence.
When you greet them, address them by name and thank them – sincerely and kindly – for the opportunity they have given you with the interview. Finally, don’t just show interest in everything they have to say, to be interested in whatever they have to say. You want the job, you want to work for the company and the hiring manager is the most important rep in getting what you want – so whatever he says has to interest you the most .
How to Answer Job Interview Questions
Now that you’ve made a great first impression, you sit down in front of a hiring manager’s table and they start asking their questions. Since you’ve already prepared for this, you confidently throw answers, but then they throw you a trick question that is designed to trip you up and see how you answer it. There are many ways to answer questions like this, but our advice is to give an honest answer that shows you are practicing what you preach.
If you want to get a feel for what kind of answer to give, do some research on difficult interview questions and correct answers. However, don’t just memorize the answer or fill in the blanks with your name and background. Use the examples to give you an idea of what tone to use and how to approach your response with honesty and confidence. Practice a few different answers you might give, then carefully consider what your statements might imply that you don’t want them to do.
For example, when a hiring manager asks you what misconceptions your coworkers had about you, saying ‘they thought I was a workaholic and didn’t life outside of work ‘might actually tell them that you are not working as hard as you seem. Try to avoid such answers, which only seem defensive or as if you are avoiding the question.
Questions to ask in a job interview
After the hiring manager has finished asking their questions, they’ll likely give you the option to ask them a few questions in return. The questions you ask can tell them as much, if not more, about you than your answers to theirs. Here is the advice we give to our clients:
First of all, be sure to ask questions. It shows that you have given the job and their business a lot of thought, and have a genuine interest in them. However, there are some questions to avoid:
- How much do the job?
- What benefits will I get?
- How much vacation time will I have?
All of these questions convey for the hiring manager that you only care about the money, not the job or their business. Instead, you should be asking more functional questions. This is why we advise you to ask open-ended questions intended to find out more about the position and the company:
- The current hierarchy / structure of the company
- Annual profit or number of employees
- Expansion plans or new projects
These requests will help you set up your follow-up. If you asked about their plans for expansion, ask them how you would fit into those plans; or if you have asked about the structure of the company or its history, ask if there are others who share a similar position and where you would be in their hierarchy. Not only will these open-ended questions impress the hiring manager with your interest and willingness to know your role and responsibilities, but they will also help you determine if you even want the job in the first place.
Thank you letter after job interview
Finally, once it’s done, you should follow up with your interviewer. We recommend that you write a thank you note to the hiring manager for granting you the interview. However, there is a certain way to write and send them.
First, if you plan to send a thank you note, be sure to send it almost immediately after the interview is over. If the interview was in the morning, you should send it in later that same day. If it was later in the day, send it to have it on hand or in its inbox the next morning.
Second, make sure he reaffirms your interest in the job and the company and lets you know about the next step in the hiring process. However, the note should be very short and to the point, so even though it’s called a ‘thank you note,’ all it really should contain is a short paragraph that says, in essence, ‘Thanks for the interview, I’m still interested in the job. What’s next? ”Obviously it should be a bit more elaborate than that and have some customization in the details.
Third, regarding the note itself, you don’t have to write it down by hand. It can be more personal, but unless you have very neat handwriting, we suggest you type it out instead.
Finally, be sure to read it again! It might be a short, quick note, but you don’t want to spoil the good it can do by misspelling a few words or messing up the punctuation.
By this point, you’ve probably seen a few general tips come up quite often, and they are worth repeating. No matter what you say or do, you should try to convince the hiring manager that you are the best fit for the job. To do this, you need to establish that you are confident, sincere, and interested in the position and the company.