You've finally discovered the ideal job, and after submitting your application and speaking with the recruiter on the phone, you've been invited for an in-person interview. And even though you know, you're a good candidate for the position and the company, presenting yourself as the ideal candidate is intimidating.
If this sounds familiar to you, then you are not alone. Job interviews are often stressful because it doesn't matter if you're a recent graduate looking for your first job or a seasoned professional looking to advance to the next level. So how can you glow at your following job interview? Here we tell you what you should and should not do when talking to a recruiter:
Don't forget to research the company. A lack of information about the company you are applying to is a red flag for recruiters. After all, they are looking for committed and motivated candidates who fit the company culture. So please make sure that when you enter the interview, you know the company's history, its current services or products, how many employees it has, its market share, and its main competitors.
Prepare some questions. You research the company, and you should make a list of questions to ask the recruiter. This demonstrates that you are interested and have placed much importance on the position. Here are some questions you can ask in a job interview. Avoid questions about salary and benefits, as broaching them too soon could be construed as pushy.
Don't be late. Most of the time, recruiters are busy and often see more than one candidate a day. Being late is not just rude; You can also push the interviewer's schedule back, which will not make an excellent first impression. Therefore, we advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview.
Dress according to the occasion. Find out in advance what the company dress code is. An excellent way to do this is to find a contact who works or has worked at the company. Remember that it is better to be too formal than to present yourself informally.
Do not speak ill of your previous jobs. Even if you had a dreadful incident in an earlier career, never say anything negative. Recruiters want to see a positive attitude, so look for something positive you can highlight about each position you've held.
Always tell the truth. You must be sincere in the job interview. Diverting or embellishing the truth can be tempting, but it won't do you any good in the long run. The recruiter may verify your experience with previous employers, or some information may be a lie later on. Either way, telling the truth will get you more points than lying. Even if you admit to mishandling a professional situation, all is not lost, as you can later explain what you learned from that experience.
Do not be humble. A job interview is your opportunity to shine. So speak confidently (not arrogantly) about your relevant achievements and skills.
Be unforgettable. Recruiters see too many candidates, so find a way to build rapport. Check out their LinkedIn profile to know if you have anything in common, such as college, previous jobs, or specific interests. Another way to build rapport is to mention a newsworthy event related to the company or industry.
Don't forget to carry a copy of your resume. It's always good to have your resume on hand if you need to refer to it.
Explain what you can contribute to the company. Explaining how you can contribute to the company makes you stand out. For example, if the company is expanding abroad and has international experience, highlight and emphasize how your knowledge can add value to the company.
Always keep in mind the do's and don'ts to hone your interview aptitudes. And recall: always send a thank you email to the recruiter. This is polite and will help keep you top of mind with the recruiter.