IT is a competitive field no matter what the expertise is. That means you need to show your prospective employer that you know your stuff. But it never hurts to use time-honored interview techniques to give yourself a boost when interviewing. The potential employer likes to see that you're as interested in them as they are in you and that you're worth their time. The following are three things you can do to help you nail your interview and come across as a solid individual with focus.
Research the Company You're Interviewing With
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Chances are pretty good that you're sending out your resume to multiple companies in search of a job. There's a saying to "make applying for a job your job" when you're looking for work. The end result is that you wind up with interviews at multiple companies. Now is the time to start your research into the companies that are bringing you in for an interview.
You might get asked if you know something about the company that's hiring you during the interview, or you might find an opportunity to introduce something you've learned. Either way, the fact that you went and did your research shows the interviewer that you're current with company news and aren't completely unaware of what the company does.
Study Common Interview Questions and Their Responses
The internet is a treasure trove of information and chances are good that you'll be able to find out about a particular company's hiring process online. And even if you don't, you'll find common interview questions that get asked at just about every kind of interview. There's good reason for taking the time to study this topic.
You want to show confidence when you're being interviewed. Being able to respond smoothly to any question you get asked demonstrates that confidence. It's easy to achieve this confidence by practicing questions in front of a mirror to watch how you reply, or you can do it with a friend or a group to get feedback. Sometimes working with another human helps you get a feel for body language and vocal expressions along with training you how to react to them.
References are helpful in that you have people speaking positively about your abilities and work ethic. But don't pull references from people who are too close to you. Instead, go to your past employers, provided that you had a good relationship with them, and ask if they would provide you with a recommendation. Ask if ex-coworkers are willing to put in a good word for you as well. Any clients you've had outside of jobs along the way are a good source for a reference.
These three tips help you make a good impression with a potential employer. They help you improve your chance of success in landing the job along with starting off on the right foot when you walk in the door. You'll walk out of the interview knowing that you gave the best performance possible.