Six Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Dream Position

Interview Skills Blog

Whether you’re interviewing for an internship or in the process of picking out the ultimate power outfit to secure your dream job after graduation, knowing the dos and don’ts of interviewing is essential to showing up as your most confident self. 

The following tips will help you to wow your future employer and secure the position you’re after, no matter what industry it’s in. 

Lead with Confidence

Studies have shown that it takes mere seconds for you to make an impression on someone. And while there is always time to win an interviewer over with your skills, talents and personality, first impressions are important. That’s why it’s essential to lead with confidence. 

Upon arrival, be sure to maintain eye contact, shake hands firmly – without squeezing too tightly (it’s all about balance) – and give concise, honest answers. It’s completely normal to feel anxious, but try not to let that emotion take the lead. Breathe and keep it natural – the rest will fall into place. 

Be Prepared 

The days leading up to an interview are a perfect time to set aside a few hours on your calendar to prepare. During the interview, the hiring manager will likely ask you about past work experience that is relevant to the position you are applying for. To ensure that you are as prepared as possible, take a look at the job description and note specific examples that qualify you for the roles and responsibilities outlined. Presenting real-world experience will help set you apart from other candidates and give you a better chance of being identified as a finalist. 

It’s also important to research the organization you are applying for. What are the goals and values that drive your future employer? What clients are you particularly interested in and why? Utilize the resources available to you – like the company’s social media platforms, website, and recent press releases – to gain a comprehensive idea of the company’s mission and how you could fit into it. Your knowledge will shine through and leave a lasting impression. 

Practice Makes Perfect 

Whether you’re practicing your responses to potential questions in front of your bathroom mirror or inviting a friend or family member to stop by to help you role-play, running through different scenarios can help your brain feel ready for a variety of questions, responses, and situations. It’s also helpful to print out extra copies of your resume and your work portfolio if you have one.  

Dress to Impress 

You may have heard the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” and according to a 2015 study by the journal Social Psychological and Personal Science, people who wear formal clothes felt more powerful and were better able to think creatively and see the big picture. Aligning your personal fashion with that of the organization you are interviewing with can help you look and feel the part. 

Be Ready to Negotiate 

If you’re applying for an internship, the likelihood of a set stipend is high. But if you are entering the workforce or are looking to negotiate your salary for the very first time, it’s important to know the average pay range for your role based on experience, location, and industry so that you can ask for a competitive salary. Not sure of an appropriate salary to ask for? Indeed’s salary calculator can help you with the process. 

Stay True to Yourself 

The most important part of this entire process is to stay true to who you are and what you want. A great way to showcase your values and goals is to ask the interviewer questions at the end of your time together. Interviews are a two-way street and you are just as empowered to ask questions and pressure test the company as they are. 

Consider asking a few of these questions:

  • What would success look like in the first three months of this position?
  • What are the challenges you’re currently facing in your role?
  • How would you describe the ideal candidate for this role?

No matter what role you are looking to fill, the key is to prepare, practice and be authentic. The right company will see the value you bring and fight to make you part of the team.

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