We all know that having strong interviewing skills is a must in today’s business world. You need to be articulate, confident without appearing arrogant, and likably. Not everyone is good at the interviewing process, let’s face it, it’s a hard thing to do! Being under scrutiny is never easy and putting your best foot forward is the only way to make a great first impression. Here are a few ways to help nail the interview.
Research the company and position you are interviewing for. You should know the company, its goals, expectations, and what they offer before going in. If you aren’t prepared to answer questions about the company, you will not be equipped for a good interview. At the very least know what the position entails and what might be expected of you should you get the job.
Create a conversation and ask questions. The interviewer wants to get a feel for who you are and vice versa. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation, as long as it’s relevant. Ask questions about the job, the community surrounding the company, and what the company is looking for in an employee. The answer to these questions will give you an idea of the company values and if you’re a good fit. Remember, in a way, you’re interviewing them as well. It needs to be a good fit for both ends.
Go with the flow as much as possible. Follow the lead of the interviewer(s) and be prepared to think on your feet. Knowing the company and what they produce will help you be able to answer on-the-fly questions. Most importantly, try to relax.
Some interviews are very structured where others are casual with more of a conversation setting. Make sure you are ready for whatever may be thrown your way. It’s nerve-wracking going into a new interview, but if you appear relaxed, calm, knowledgeable, and put-together, nailing the interview will become easier and easier.