Today’s interviews have evolved into many different styles, which adds complexity to the job search process for candidates. You may be asked to interview face-to-face, with a group, participate in a series of interviews, login for a virtual interview or call for a phone interview.
Preparation is your key to acing an interview; if you are prepared, it will help increase your confidence and ease your tension during the live interview. How do you prepare for your chance to make a great first impression?
Get to know the organization: One of the best ways for candidates to stand out is researching the organization prior to the interview. Find out all you can about the company via the internet and social media. Get in touch with contacts in your network that work with, or for, the organization.
Prepare questions: Employers feel that one of the best ways for candidates to stand out is by asking engaging questions. Prepare at least three questions ahead of time that you can pose to the interviewer. Questions can relate to the organization as a whole, the specific position you are interviewing for, or what to expect in the hiring process.
Prep your materials: Never start an interview empty-handed! For in-person interviews, pack a notepad and pen for note taking, extra copies of your resume and references, and examples of your work if applicable. Even if you aren’t sitting down face-to-face, you should have references and other materials ready to quickly send off to the perspective employer after your interview, if requested.
Figure out what to wear: Get your interview wardrobe ready with laundered, well-fitting, wrinkle-free clothes. It is always safer to be on the dressier side. Your appearance is just as important if you are doing a virtual interview (you need to think through your backdrop for this approach as well). Consider dressing for the job during a phone interview as this may even help you express yourself in a more professional manner!
Map it: Determine exactly where you are going for your interview and how to get there. You might even want to take a trial run the day before so you know how much time it will take- tardiness is not an option! Allocate time to figure out the technology involved if you will be interviewed virtually or via phone.
AgCareers.com is excited to provide further guidance to job seekers in our upcoming FREE webinar, Acing Today’s Interview on Friday, August 28 at 11 am Central. You’ll learn about the different types of interviews and how to adequately prepare for them.
Webinar participant takeaways:
An appreciation for how interviewing has changed over the years