It’s common for individuals to use the New Year as a chance to set new goals, resolutions and plans for themselves. Many focus on hitting the gym, some try diving into a new podcast and others may reassess their career path. Regardless of your goal, this special time of year gives us all a sense of renewal – personally and professionally.
If your New Year’s resolution involves a position change, then it’s time to tackle that job search, and start taking the necessary steps to get there. Start by discovering the new and exciting opportunities available to you! Then, prepare for the inevitable interview process.
Whether you’re eager to transition into a new company or ready to take on a larger role after achieving a CPA title, staying organized throughout your job search is important – especially when it’s interview time.
I’ve covered this topic before, and with the New Year, I believe it’s important to reiterate a few new tips to having a successful and remarkable interview – so that you can be confident and separate yourself from the competition.
Read on for 6 Tips to having a STELLAR Job Interview in 2019.
1. Dress for success.
Preparing your wardrobe for the big interview day can be tough – you’d like to stand out…but not in a bad way. So what’s the appropriate interview attire? Asking the hiring manager when they invite you for the interview is a good start. Although most interviews will require a business professional dress code, some companies believe in a more casual meeting. Therefore, you may want to avoid the suit and tie. For example, if you’re meeting with an external recruiting manager, they may request a business casual dress code, until you meet with a hiring manager.
No matter what type of dress code is needed for your interview, it’s helpful to always dress in something that is neat and clean, and that you feel comfortable and confident in.
2. Practice What You Preach
It’s easy to walk a hiring manager through your resume and list various skills and experiences. However, when you focus on explaining how you performed a skill, rather than what skill you performed, you will resonate more with the entire room of interviewers. Instead of reciting your strengths, tell a story on your communication skills or a scenario when you resolved a major issue by utilizing your attention to detail. Pivoting your conversation to real-life situations will allow the hiring managers to understand who you are as a professional and how you can be a valuable asset to their team.
3. Be Natural
After spending days preparing for this interview, it may become too easy to overshare or ramble once the real interview takes place. To avoid this bad habit, try to develop good, natural rapport during an interview, and remember to slow down when communicating. A good way to connect and warm up to a hiring manager is to use proper eye contact and to be an active listener. This will display a genuine interest in the conversation and help the manager to understand that you are fully engaged.
4. Ask Beneficial Questions
Everyone knows the importance of having questions on hand to ask the hiring manager, but many forget how beneficial this part of the interview can be for you! Instead of asking questions, just to ask, take advantage of this time, and dive into the answers that will ultimately determine your outlook on the company and your potential new role.
If you were unclear on something that the hiring manager explained earlier in the interview, this is also a good time to ask for more clarity. Asking for more information on a topic that was covered previously will also show your interest and deep engagement into the conversation as a whole.
5. End on a High Note
At the close of the interview, inform the hiring manager of your interest in the role. You can position it like this: “Based on our conversation, I believe I’m a great fit for the position, due to the following reasons—(and then repeat a few highlights from the interview)— I want to let you know I would be very interested in pursuing the opportunity further.” Or, “Based on our conversation, do you have any questions or concerns about my ability to be a success in the role?” This conclusion allows you to make your interest known to the company and address any concerns that the interviewer may have about your level of interest.
6. Say Thank You
Sending a follow-up thank you note to a hiring manager is always a thoughtful gesture and may set you apart from other jobseekers. Try sending a thank you note via email within 24 hours of the interview or a hand-written note within one week, in order to stay top of mind to the hiring manager.
Whether you see potential in the role or not, following up with a thank you is a necessity. Believe it or not, interviewing is considered a form of networking and relationship-building. You never know when or how you may run into the individuals you interviewed with in the future. So, it’s best to leave a lasting and respectful impression.
For more tips on perfecting your interviewing skills, download the Brilliant Interview Guide here.
These are only a few of the ways to excel in your next job interview. Do you have other suggestions? Comment below and let us know!