Interviewing for a job can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s an essential part of the hiring process. It's important to approach the interview with confidence and preparation. According to a survey conducted by Glassdoor, 60% of job seekers said they had a poor interview experience, and 35% said they would not take a job if they had a poor interview experience. Here are some job interview tips and some statistics to consider helping you ace your next one.
Before you interview for a job, it’s essential to research the company and the role. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 47% of employers said that a lack of knowledge about the company is a common mistake that job seekers make. Look at the company’s website, read news articles, and check out the company’s social media profiles. Research the job description and think about how your skills and experience match the requirements of the role.
One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to practice common interview questions. According to a survey by LinkedIn the most commonly asked interview questions are:
· “What are your strengths?”
· “What are your weaknesses?”
· “Why do you want to work here?”
· “Tell me about yourself.”
Practicing these questions can help you feel more confident and prepared during the interview.
Interviewing is a two-way street, so come prepared with a few good questions of your own. It’s important to demonstrate confidence and a deep level of interest in the position, which can be accomplished with these suggested questions on LinkedIn.
It’s important to dress appropriately for the job you’re interviewing for. According to a survey by OfficeTeam, 80% of managers said that clothing affects a candidate’s chances of being hired. Dress in business attire, even if the company has a more casual dress code. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
Being on time for your interview is crucial. According to a survey by CareerBuilder,44% of employers said that arriving late is a common mistake that job seekers make. Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to allow for unexpected delays. Far too many candidates don’t plan accordingly and arrive late, with many employers stating lateness may immediately knock you out of contention fora position.
If you’re running late due to no fault of your own, do the right thing and call ahead to let the company know. 95% of hiring managers excused tardiness when handled appropriately.
During the interview, it’s important to be positive and confident. According to a survey by Accountemps, 81% of managers said that a candidate’s attitude is the most important factor in deciding whether to hire them. Speak clearly and confidently and make eye contact with the interviewer.
As the interview winds down, ask what the next steps are in the process. A great question to end with is, “Based on what you’ve learned about me today, how do you see me as a fit for this position, what works well and where do you see some weaknesses?” By asking this question it provides you an opportunity to address any concerns.
After the interview, it’s a good idea to follow up with the interviewer. According to a survey by CareerBuilder 22%of employers said that not following up is a common mistake that job seekers make. Send a thank-you email and reiterate your interest in the role. Remember, there may be other candidates interviewing for the same role, so staying top of mind is an important step.
Interviewing for a job can be stressful, but with preparation and confidence, you can make a positive impression on the interviewer. According to a survey by Glassdoor, 45% of job seekers said that they have a better understanding of a company’s culture and values after an interview, and 38% said that they have a better understanding of the job responsibilities. By doing your research, practicing interview questions, dressing appropriately, showing up on time, being positive and confident, and following up after the interview, you can increase your chances of getting the job you want.
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