As we approach Halloween, children anticipate costume contests and trick-or-treating. However, trick-or-treating looks a little different for adults in executive recruitment. These seven tricks will show you how to prepare for interviews so you can make a lasting impression. If you use these tricks honestly, you will receive the treat of valuable interview experience and a potential job offer.
1. Arrive On Time
We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes before your interview. Mapping the interview location ahead of time will help you plan your route and departure time. If you are early, you should have enough time to locate the building and find a parking spot. Interviewers appreciate candidates that are punctual because they value their time.
2. Dress Appropriately
Your attire may vary based on the interview location, but your clothes should be professional or at least business casual. A good rule of thumb is nice pants, a blouse or dress for women, and dress pants and a button-up shirt for men. Your clothes should be comfortable and modest. If you are constantly fidgeting with your clothes during the interview, you will cause unneeded distractions.
3. Greet The Interviewer Confidently
Proper posture is a great way to boost your confidence in an interview. Speaking boldly while standing tall shows the interviewer you are confident in your talent and abilities. When the interviewer enters the room, stand and shake their hand while making eye contact. A firm handshake, friendly smile, and steady eye contact will put you and the interviewer at ease.
4. Bring Your Own Questions
Preparing questions in advance shows you have researched the company and the job requirements. We suggest asking questions like: “What is your mission statement?” “What are your core values?” “What characteristics defined the most successful person in this position?” Interviewers will appreciate your effort to learn more about their company.
5. Speak Clearly
During an interview, speaking slowly is better than stumbling over your words. Even if you have to pause multiple times to collect your thoughts or go back and correct your grammar, that is better than speaking too fast. Interviewers like to see candidates that communicate clearly and confidently. Carefully choosing your words is a simple and powerful way to make an impression on the interviewer.
6. Follow The Interviewer’s Lead
You may not get right down to business as you start your interview. If the interviewer asks small-talk questions like “how are you?” and “how did you hear about this position?” you should answer respectfully and concisely. After exchanging general courtesies, allow the interviewer to bring up the position benefits and salary. The interviewer will appreciate that you allow them to lead the way in the conversation.
7. Close On A Positive Note
Rushing to end an interview can give the impression that you are nervous or no longer interested in the job. Stop to thank the interviewer for their time. Ask them about the next steps, and express your interest in the job. Once you have made your closing comments, you can leave with a firm handshake and a friendly smile. Making a composed exit will show the interviewer respect and close the interview on a positive note.