Yay! You made it to the in-person interview stage of the job process. This stage is typically the final step between you and the role. We want to give you the best shot possible of finding your next path. So, our team gathered a few tips from our experience over the years and complied it all to help give candidates a leg up. Read the following tips below to improve your in-person interviews.
Before your interview, confirm the time and location. Map out your route beforehand and plan to leave early to avoid any delays. You want to research the company, review the job description and gather a list of questions to ask the interviewer. This step is so important because you are able to get all of your questions answered and show your interest in the company and the role. Bring multiple resumes with you for all interviewers and one for yourself.
On the day of the interview, dress to impress. Professional business attire is always recommended (unless stated otherwise). Plan to arrive to the interview at least 10 minutes early. Bring your ID with you as some companies require an ID at check in.
Once the interview starts, shake the interviewer’s hand firmly, smile and maintain eye contact. Be aware of your body language. Keep the interview conversational and speak clearly. Don’t forget to show off all of your experience and skills!
Caution: It is recommended to not discuss money, benefits, or time-off during the interview – This can be an interview killer.
At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer if “there is anything in my background which would prevent me from being successful in this role” – this lets you know exactly where you stand and gives you a chance to overcome any objection. You want to pre-close the job before you leave. Tell the interviewer that you enjoyed the opportunity to speak and discuss the role and that you are confident you would be a good asset to the organization and are looking forward to the next steps.
Follow up, with your recruiter immediately after the interview and don’t forget to send a thank you email to everyone who interviewed you!
- Confirm location and time of the interview. Map out your route and leave early.
- Research the company and position.
- Bring multiple resumes.
- Dress to impress!
- Beware of body language.
- Settle any doubts with the interviewer.
- Follow up with your recruiter and send thank you notes to any interviewers.