You’ve gotten an interview for your dream job. Congratulations! But you haven’t gotten the offer letter yet. You still need to make a good first impression and convince your interviewer that you have the skills and the work ethic to do the job well. Here are some tips to help you ace your dream job interview.

1. Practice makes perfect

The more you practice the interview, the more prepared you will feel during the interview. Get friends and family to do mock interviews with you. Have them ask common interview questions as well as obscure interview questions to help you think on your feet.

2. Interview the company and the industry

Interviewers expect candidates to know about the company before they come to the interview. Do your research. When you’re done doing your homework, you should know enough about the company to get them business insurance quotes. Know the vocabulary and phrases that are commonly used. Know famous people in the company and the industry. Also, be excited when you talk about the topic. You want to sound passionate, not rehearsed.

3. Dress to impress

Your physical appearance does leave an impression. Make an impression that demonstrates professionalism and tidiness. Wear appropriate clothes and dress shoes. Make sure that the clothes fit properly and are clean.

4. Listen!

It’s extremely important to demonstrate your listening skills during your interview. Always wait your turn to speak. You may want to nod or repeat things back to the interviewer to acknowledge that you are actively listening. When it is your turn to speak, address what the interviewer said directly.

5. Ask questions

When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, be ready with a couple of questions in your back pocket. Some good questions include:

 

  • What is the trajectory of the company?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • What are the company’s core values?

 

Every interview will end with a chance for you to ask questions so be prepared!

6. Turn your phone off

The last thing you need in an interview is a distraction. Don’t be the cause of that distraction by leaving your cell phone on during the interview. It will embarrass you and make you look unprofessional. Even a vibrating phone can cause a problem, so it’s a better idea to just turn it off.

7. Be polite to the receptionist

Many people are polite to the person interviewing them, but they forget to be kind to the receptionist who is helping them. Say please and thank you. You can even ask them how their day is going. If the interviewer asks the receptionist for their opinion, you want them to give a positive review.

8. Perfect your body language

The way you carry yourself says a lot about you. Smile and maintain regular eye contact. Sit up straight. Carry yourself in a way that shows your future employer that you are professional, approachable, and confident.

9. Clean up your social media

Ensure that if the company looks you up on social media, they will not find anything incriminating. Keep things fun, but make sure everything is family and business friendly. Pictures of you in college drinking with your friends may bring up good memories for you, but it can make you look unprofessional.

10. Follow up

After the interview, you should follow up with the company in two business days if you haven’t heard anything back. This shows your interest in the company and keeps you in the interviewers mind.

 

Your interview is a chance for you to sell yourself. Tell them your accomplishments and what you can bring to the company. Don’t be afraid to show them your personality in the process. When you’re done, you will have the job or more practice with interviews.

 

 

by: Lee Flynn