What every candidate should do before a job interview

Tips on how to make a good impression and ace that interview

Once the initial excitement wears off after finding out about an upcoming job interview, for many people, anxiety creeps in. It’s hard not to worry about what questions you’ll have to answer, what questions you should ask or what to wear.

Here are a few helpful tips that will help North Florida job seekers prepare for their first and even second company interviews and help squash the pre-interview anxiety:

Research

The first thing you should always do is research the company. Find out what its mission statement and values are so you can learn the “why” behind the company and what it represents.

Read the bios and LinkedIn pages of important executives in the organization, especially the bio of the person who will be interviewing you. Reading these bios can give you insight into the people you’ll be interacting with and may even provide you some common ground, like a university or hobby you can bond over during your interview. LinkedIn pages for key players may also give you some insight into the company or a glimpse of what working there would be like.

Get up to date with recent company news and announcements because the person you interview with may mention these during your interview. Research the corporate culture and office environment to see if you feel you’ll fit in well at the company.

Know

Know what your strengths and weaknesses in your field are, as this is a common interview question. Know why you want to work for that particular company and why you believe you would fit in with the corporate culture. Interviewers are looking for someone who is not only well-qualified, but someone who has the right personality and work style to fit in with the company.

Have a few questions in mind to ask your interviewer. Keep in mind that you are evaluating the company just as much as it is evaluating you. You’re trying to see if this would be a good place for you to work. As you prepare for your interview, have a handful of questions you know you would like to ask so you aren’t trying to think of them on the spot. Try to think a little outside the box to have more than just generic questions ready to ask the recruiter or hiring manager. Consider questions like these:

  • What drew you to the company?
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • How will my success be judged?
  • What does this position need to accomplish in the next year?

Dress

Be sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the interview. A polo shirt and khakis is not interview attire. Your clothes should be wrinkle-free; if you have belt loops, you should wear a belt.

Dress pants and a button-up shirt are excellent go-to interview outfits. Men should consider adding a tie and suit jacket. Remember to try to stay on the conservative side, with no inappropriate skin showing.

Always err on the side of caution, as it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

At Alluvion Staffing, our experts can help connect you with the perfect job opportunity. Be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn for additional interview tips.

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