5 Tips for a Successful Interview

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There is a plethora of information out there about how to have a successful interview. However, job seekers end up focusing so much on a list of what to do and say that they forget the basics.

In fact, studies have shown that a lack of preparedness is one of the biggest downfalls during the interview process. You only have one chance to make that first impression. The goal should be to make it count and be memorable in a great way.

Try and adhere to these tips which will help you look more prepared and have a successful interview.

1. Application Paperwork
Slow down and take your time when filling out your application, assessments and any other paperwork. You want to be sure it’s free of grammatical errors and correct. This simple step is often overlooked and studies show that 58% of resumes have typos that may lead to automatically being disqualified.

Also, the goal is to be sure that it’s neat and easy to read. Every aspect of the interview process counts. You want to be prepared with any paperwork that they’ve requested.

2. Do Your Homework
In order to have a successful interview, you should research the company and be familiar with their mission, team, brand and anything else you can learn about. Basic knowledge is almost an expectation by hiring managers. Dig a little deeper to show you have done your homework. Job seekers will impress the hiring manager with their wealth of knowledge and attention to detail since they prepared so well in advance.

3. The Money Talk
Don’t shy away from the money talk during an interview. Research in advance and know the typical salary range. You want to look confident, knowledgeable and in touch with reality when it comes to discussing pay. Further, set yourself a target salary to ensure you are ready for any discussion about money.

4. No Follow Up
Follow up comes after an interview but please don’t let it be an afterthought. Fewer and fewer candidates seem to follow up by phone or email these days. In fact, a recent survey showed that 86% of employers said not following up showed a lack of follow-through. Don’t fall into this category. Resolve ahead of time to send a thank you note and decide on an appropriate time to reach back out as needed.

We never plan to fail but we often fail to plan. If you’ve gotten that long awaited call to an interview with someone, it’s time to prepare in order to ensure success!

5. Don’t rush this process.
Take your time to research and learn about the company. Have everything in order and prepared ahead of time. This preparation will reduce anxiety and allow you to be calm, cool, & collected. Make sure the clothes you wear to the interview fits with the company’s style. For instance, if you are interviewing with bank executives, a dark suit is appropriate. You will seem more well-rounded and together as you interview because you’ll appear “dressed” for success.

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