In previous blogs, we have discussed preparing for an interview and doing your research. But what should you do when you’re finally in that room, and it’s your time to shine? Here are ten tips to keep you on track and help you land your dream job.

#1- Dress the part

The organization you’re hoping to work for may very well have a casual dress code, but it is always ideal to dress your best when it comes to the interview. Clean, pressed business attire is your bet. You may not need to go for a complete 3-piece suit if the corporate culture doesn’t call for it but do your research and judge how business-formal you should go.

#2- Listen closely

From the moment you sit down with your potential employer, pay close attention to what they’re telling you. The information they share is important, and demonstrating your communication skills will be more attractive to the interviewer.

#3- Remember your body language

If you want to come across as confident, then you need to use your non-verbal communication skills. Standing straight, giving a firm handshake and maintaining eye contact will take you far.

#4- Have boundaries

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to make someone like you by being friendly during an interview. Keep in mind that this is a business meeting in a professional setting. Take cues from the interviewer and follow their lead. Be confident and warm, but always keep it professional.

#5- Don’t talk too much

Rambling on or giving too much information can be a costly mistake in an interview. This is another reason to take time before your interview for self-reflection and preparation. Walking into an interview understanding why you are the best candidate will prevent you from spending too much time explaining yourself and will help keep you on topic.

#6- Be professional and appropriate

It goes without saying that it is never appropriate to curse in an interview. What might not be as obvious is the use of slang in conversation. Above all else, it is essential to leave out any reference to age, race, religion, sexual orientation or politics during these types of meetings.

#7- Keep your cool

Your attitude is an essential piece of a successful interview. It is perfectly natural (encouraged even) to show some confidence in yourself. Just don’t be too brazen. Overconfidence can be a significant deterrent for employers and is often a bigger deal-breaker than a lack of confidence.

#8- Answer their questions

This may seem like an obvious point but be sure to answer the specific questions they ask. If the interviewer asks you to share an example of something, it means they are looking for a detailed explanation of how it relates to the position or field in which they work. Don’t miss an opportunity to share your experiences and skills and stay on topic.

#9- It’s a 2-way street

The market has changed. With the impending “Turnover Tsunami,” many employers will be just as anxious to tell you about how great their company is and where they are headed. By sharing the organization’s goals, mission and vision, they’re asking you if you’re the right fit. They’re excited to grow and want to make sure that any potential new hire will be the right fit for everyone involved.

#10- Ask questions

After an interview, most employers will ask if you have any questions for them. Instead of saying no, draw on the conversation you have had throughout the meetings. As mentioned above, listening is an important skill to utilize in an interview. Ask for more information on the history of the company or a project that you had discussed. This is your opportunity to show your interest and engagement in their organization.

Want to learn more about improving your interview skills? Check out the other articles in this interview series here.

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