A lot of people work their entire lives in fields they aren’t excited about or possibly even dislike… or hate. That is precisely why it is absolutely crucial to nail your interview when you get the opportunity with the company of your dreams, for the position of your dreams.
Here are four things to remember before going in and taking a seat in one of the most important chairs you will have sat in to that point in your life.
Dress to Impress
Everybody has heard the old adage “first impressions are lasting impressions.” Well, that is because it is true! If you walk through the door dressed in a tuxedo, they may think it’s a joke; but go in there looking good.
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Know What You are Talking About
Since this opportunity won’t come around again, you cannot blow it by being under prepared. Do your background research about the company, who their CEO and board of directors are, what role you think you would play, etc. The main part about this, is to show the interviewers that you are excited and enthusiastic about not only the position but the company as well.
Don’t be Shy
Interviewers love when the interviewee asks smart questions; the key word is smart. Don’t sit there and pretend you know what they are talking about if you really have no idea.
Instead, politely stop them and ask them if they could clarify exactly what it is they are talking about. This will again show them that you have an invested interest that goes deeper than just the position.
Leave on a Strong Note
Just like first impressions, last impressions are equally as memorable. It’s good to leave by thanking them for their consideration, but also taking it a step further. If you really want the position, ask the interviewers if they have a time frame they are working within before they make a decision.
Then you should follow up a few days before the date with a strong thank you email expressing that you look forward to hearing back from them.
If you do everything right, you should no doubt get the job. It’s important to stay relaxed and try to get along with the interviewers. Don’t scare them off by appearing too eager but definitely assert yourself as if you are already one of the team. If they see the work you put into preparing and the ease of which your interview went, you’ll be sitting pretty.