Even if you have already had several interview and you feel comfortable with your performance, it is good to review a few key points to make sure you are ready for your next interview.
Here are a few quick tips to help you the next time you interview for your dream job:
Make sure you are prepared ahead of time. Have you researched their website? Have you checked out their competitors? Did you read their corporate Wikipedia page? Did you review the Interviewers (all of them) Linked in page(s)?
Arrive a little early. Ten to Fifteen minutes ahead of time will be great. Don’t get there too early so that the Interviewer feels awkward about letting you “cool your heals” in the reception area.
Make sure you have extra copies of your resume printed and with you. Yes, they will probably not ask for a copy as you have already sent in an electronic copy.
However, you don’t want to have someone ask for a copy and you didn’t bring any! Also, make sure you have your list of questions for them – at some point in the conversation, they will ask, “do you have any questions for me?”
Make sure you have three or four good questions about the job, the corporate culture and/or the strategy.
Watch the non-verbal body language. It is important to make eye contact and “lean in” to the conversation. Be careful that you don’t appear sleepy or uninterested.
You may just be thinking of your next answer, but you want to make sure you always appear to be engaged.
At the end of the interview, make sure you “close the sale”. Express you interest in the opportunity and restate your key qualifications that make you right for this job.
Ask about next steps and how you should stay in contact as their candidate search moves forward. And always follow up within 24 hours with a short, but appropriately nice, thank you email. If someone gives you their card, they are expecting to hear from you.
Most importantly, remember to stay relaxed and confident in what you bring to the table.
Not every opportunity is going to be “right” for you. Don’t worry if, and when, you get rejection letters – it happens to everyone. The right job for you is out there and you will find it!