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Here’s How You Can Ace Your Next Interview
Did you know that your interviewer has likely decided not to hire you within 90 seconds of meeting you? That 90 seconds begins the moment your interview time begins, so if you’re late, you’ve got virtually no hope of overcoming that poor first impression. If you can leave a good first impression in those first 90 seconds and get past that initial rejection phase, here’s how you can continue building on top of that initial impression so that you can finally get that job you’ve always wanted.
Research a Company As Much As Possible
Chances are the interviewer has already done a lot of research about you. They’ve likely contacted your references already, checked you out on social networking pages, and done plenty of Google searches to see if there are any negative things about your online reputation that stand out. You can return the favor by researching everything you can about the company who has the open position that you’re interviewing for to show that you’re just as interested in them. Know their market, understand what their overall goals in their market are, and figure out how your strengths can help that company achieve their goals.
Tailor Your Resume For Each Job
When unemployment rates were at historic lows, it was fine to have a cookie cutter resume because people were more interested in warm bodies than they were qualified warm bodies. Those days are gone now, however, which means you need to be clear and concise about how your resume can communicate your strengths in an effective way. Take the job description if you can get it, talk about how your experience and knowledge can exceedingly meet the expectations, and customize each resume for each job in a similar fashion.
Arrive Early… But Not Too Early
A good rule of thumb is to arrive about 15 minutes early for a job interview. This communicates that you have good time management skills, have a little flexibility, and also have a little bit of patience. Some interviewers like to make applicants wait a few minutes to test their patience levels and may even leave an interview several times if a high patience level is a requirement for the open position. Arriving too early, however, is about as bad as arriving too late – it shows you’re too eager, impatient, and want things done on your schedule.
Ask Questions When You Have the Chance
“Do you have any questions for me?” is the last chance that you’ve got to make a lasting impression. Most people say something like, “No, not right now, but if I get the job I’m certain to have some.” Take a different strategy and stand out by researching at least three thoughtful questions you can ask the interviewer before the interview starts. They should reflect your enthusiasm for the job, that you’re interested in the company be able to succeed, yet goes beyond something someone could find by asking Google a question.
By following these tips, you really can ace your next interview and get the job that you want. Use them today as you practice for your next interview and you’ll certainly make a good, long-lasting first impression.