Four Tips to Nail Your Next Interview and Get You on the Fast Track to Success

Here are four tips to remember as you prepare for your interview.Do you have some unrealized career aspirations? Looking after a busy family can force you to put your own dreams on hold–perhaps you’re ready for this to change. Maybe you are thinking of applying for a promotion or a trying a new career field all together. If so, then you’ll need to hone your interview skills. Beth Gibson, twenty year communications veteran, speech writer, and Director of Community Outreach for GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, and I have four tips to ensure your success.

1. Dress for success.

Wear your best professional outfit, even if the job you’re interviewing for allows casual clothing during the regular work day. This shows your potential employers that you care about their impression of you.

2. Do your homework.

Find out about the person, company, or school with whom you are interviewing. Know the names of people and know something about daily routines. Be sure to bring this knowledge to the forefront in the interview. Again, taking the time to research the company shows you care. It also gives you a chance to discuss specific ways that you can help this firm grow. You need to make sure that they see you as a strong asset that they don’t want working for the competition.

“They will ask you questions about why you want to work there,” says Gibson. “Make sure you have an answer that has nothing to do with yourself. Think about how you will help the company.”

 Talk about how your work history as it pertains to the company. Be specific when you answer their questions, but try to work in your expertise. Give examples of how your past experience will help this company should they opt to hire you.

“Know something about the day-to-day operations of your potential employer so you can relate something about your past experiences that will grow the business.”

3. Take full advantage of that final question.Here are some ideas for you as you prepare for your next interview.

Interviewers will always ask if you have questions for the panel. Ask a question that relates to the company, not to your own personal gain.

“This is my secret interview weapon—close the interview with a question along the lines of `Should I be hired for this position, what books or resources should I read to better prepare myself to help the company? Is there a person I should talk to? A potential mentor that will help me better myself?’” says Gibson.

She states firmly that questions about salary, days off, sick leave, and other topics of that nature are better left to Human Resources. Do NOT use the interview to find out this information.

“That’s what Human Resources is for!” she says.

4. Write thank you notes to the interview panel.

This may seem old-fashioned, but it makes a lasting impression. There’s something to be said for good, old-fashioned manners. If you are competing against many other candidates, this will help keep you in the forefront of everyone’s mind as they make their choices. Even if you are not chosen, it’s wise to keep in contact and network with different employers. If you’ve remembered each of these interview tips, then you’ve obviously made a good impression. You never know which opportunity is just around the corner!

 

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22 thoughts on “Four Tips to Nail Your Next Interview and Get You on the Fast Track to Success

  • June 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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    Extremely helpful information in this post. I especially like the part about asking a final question. Not enough people ask the interviewer a question!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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      Totally agree! I really appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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    Great hints! My mind always goes blank at interviews 🙁

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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      It does help calm nerves to have a game plan beforehand. Thanks for your comment!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    As an entrepreneur who often needs to conduct interviews I agree with this post. Many people fail to answer that, “Any final Questions” but often that leaves the most lasting impression. It displays how serious you are about the position and indicates your follow-through. Great points here!

    -Shola
    http://www.thelamfam.life

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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      So glad you agreed–that’s good to hear. I am pretty sold on the final question, myself. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    I should read these a month ago! I still the tips helpful, because you never know, maybe my new job won’t be good enough and I’d like to change it?
    Thanks!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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      Ha! It sounds like you were successful regardless. Good luck in your new position!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm
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    Totally agree with all of these points! So many people don’t bother to do homework!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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      Being prepared is critical when you enter the interview room. Thanks for stopping by!

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  • June 7, 2017 at 11:46 pm
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    Can’t stress enough how being well prepared for an interview can make all the difference! Great tips!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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      Thank you so much! Preparation is everything!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm
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      Researching the company and job responsibilities is so critical. I do love to get new clothes before an interview:) Thanks for your comment!

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  • June 8, 2017 at 2:31 am
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    Thanks for the tips! What I’m afraid of the most with interviews is that they can potentially ask you anything all! I used to prepare for the generic questions, but then they come up with all kinds of weird questions! Good read!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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      Thank you so much! I’ve been caught off guard by questions, too. I guess they want to see how well you think on your feet, right?

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  • June 8, 2017 at 5:50 am
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    Dressing for success is super important and I always do my background study on the company, I’m applying too! Great tips!! x

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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      Thank you so much! An interview is an excuse to go shopping, right?

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  • June 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm
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    These are such good tips for an interview! I have always tried to imply these into my interview process, especially dress to impress!

    -Danielle Ruppert // danielleruppert.com

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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      I really appreciate your comment. The dressing up part is the most fun for me, though…

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  • June 9, 2017 at 7:09 am
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    I am working as a recruiter, and the worst thing is when people are not prepared!

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    • June 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm
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      That must be so frustrating. Preparation is vital to a successful interview. Thanks for your comment.

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