How to Land that Dream Job – Interviewing Best Practices
So you’ve finally landed the interview you’ve been waiting for since your freshmen year of college. Now that you’re sitting in front of the recruiter (trying not to sweat profusely) what do you say or do to convince them you’re the right person for the job? Here are four tips to land your dream job:
1. Smile. A lot. This sounds simple, but people like other people who are happy. Your body language can say a lot during an interview, which is why it is important to use good eye contact, sit straight and be confident. When it comes down to two evenly matched candidates, a hiring decision will be made based on which candidate will be a better fit from a cultural standpoint. Someone who is passionate about their job is likely to be offered a position over someone who’s equally qualified but less enthusiastic.
2. Know the company. Whether you’ve specifically targeted this company for a reason or blanketed multiple businesses in filling out applications, when you get an interview, know your audience. Learn the company’s history, learn the culture, what separates them from the competition, and financial info. This also shows that you have initiative and interest in a company. You should prepare a list of questions regarding the company and position, which you can review prior to the interview with your recruiter to ensure you are completely prepared.
3. Be coachable. You’re being interviewed for your expertise, but that doesn’t mean you already know the way Company X does it. When working with a recruiter, you will be coached on the best way to present yourself, including your talents, skills and personality, to the interviewer. This coaching is one major benefit or partnering with a recruiter to find the best position for you.
4. Take notes (and have a portfolio or notebook – and your own pen – with you). This will help you remember some of the key ideas of the discussion, but it also shows recruiters you’re serious. Even if you can consciously remember everything that was said, it’s still a good idea to take notes to actively demonstrate your commitment to excellence. This will allow you to write an impactful thank you note and continue to follow up as needed after the interview.
When it comes to the “big interview,” it’s important to be prepared. Competition can be tough, and the chances are most of the other candidates have the hard skills – it’s the soft skills that matter.
If you’re looking for your next career opportunity, CultureFit can help. We evaluate the skill level of candidates and their business culture, and pair them together with businesses that have a similar environment. This helps to ensure long-term job satisfaction and gives you the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals. Contact us today to see how our recruiting team can help you!