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This article is part of the Wings to Success series designed to help you succeed during a Job interview.
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Five Steps To A Flawless Interview
Are you prepared for your next job interview? Do you know the secrets of pulling off a flawless interview and getting the job of your dreams? Use these five easy steps to prepare yourself and leave the best impression possible with the hiring manager.
1. Be Early – The worst thing you can do is show up to an interview late. What does that tell the hiring manager about your commitment level? Why would anyone want to hire someone who doesn’t have the organizational skills to show up on time? By showing up early, you demonstrate and respect the company and the hiring manager.
You are also giving them the opportunity to take you early, which could give you more face time. Face time is essential. The longer you have with the hiring manager, the better your chances of getting the job.
2. Research the Company – Never walk into an interview without knowing anything about the company. Do some research; find out how many facilities they have, who the CEO is, and what recent news about the company. Look at the financials from their website or other investor news. Be prepared to ask some questions about what you have discovered. At the end of every interview I have conducted, I always ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” I am always impressed with people who have done their research and are serious about working for the company.
3. Listen, Don’t Talk – It may seem counter-intuitive, but get the hiring manager to do most of the talking. It is a proven fact that hiring managers will think the interview will go better if they do a lot of talking. So use your research and ask many questions to get the interviewer talking.
4. Carry Copies of Your Resume – Hiring managers are busy people, and they often do not have a copy of your resume when they enter the room. Even if they do have a copy, it will be a fax copy from the recruiter a lot of the time. This is the time to hand them your resume on a quality piece of paper.
The resume paper is thicker and has a very good feel to it, and that is what you want the interviewer to associate with you… a good feel. Later, when the hiring manager reviews your resume, you will stand a better chance of getting the job or at least the second interview.
5. Follow-Up – After the interview, it is always good to follow up with the hiring manager in some shape, way, or form. If the interviewer gave you their card, then make use of it. Call them and ask a few follow-up questions and thank them for taking the time to meet with you. If you didn’t get a card during the interview, send a polite thank you letter. The goal here is to get the hiring manager to think of you again. And the more they positively feel about you, the better your chances of getting the job.
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