You finally muster up the courage to apply for your dream job, and you get the call – they want you to come in for an interview! This is the next huge step in the job application process, and you need to impress your potential employer, no pressure right?!
When we know we did really well in an interview but then don’t get the job, we’re often left wondering what we could have done differently. Here are some things to keep in mind about potential employers and what they might be thinking during your interview.
#1 Your outfit
Yes, they are thinking about your outfit. Not every company has a strict business dress code. Research the company and role you are applying for. Are you applying for an entry level position at a startup? It’s probably best to go with business casual. Are you applying for a senior executive position? Definitely, a good idea to dress up a bit. This shows your potential employer that you understand the company culture and can easily fit in.
#2 Your personality
Your skills are not the only things that make you qualified for a job. Great companies will more often than not hire people with great personalities. You can teach people how to do jobs, but you can’t teach someone to be outgoing, friendly, and have a good sense of humour that works well with other people on the team. Interviews are almost like first dates, employers are trying to get to know you and see if you’d be a good fit.
If you wrote on your resume that you’re friendly and love working with people, make sure that stands out in your interview. It never hurts to look like you’re really excited about your interview and learning more about the company.
#3 Your intentions
Depending on the role you are applying for, your intentions for getting the job should reflect what the company is looking for. Entry level positions are usually for new grads, people who are still building their career. Employers typically want someone who is enthusiastic about growing with the company, and not staying in that role for more than a year or two. Let them know what stage you’re at in your life. If you are making a career change, or you just simply want an opportunity to learn. This lets them know if you’re a good fit for the role.
#4 How you market yourself
Your resume is there to sell yourself on paper, a job interview is to market yourself in real life, so make it good! You want to prove to your potential employer that you are the best person for the job, not that this is the best job for you. Make it clear that you want to be part of the company because what you have to offer will benefit the company, and not the other way around.
#5 How you answer questions
Interviews are always a little bit awkward, and it’s easy to become nervous and forget what you were going to say. Employers ask very broad open ended questions, it can be easy to get side tracked and forget the point you were trying to make. Make sure your answers touch on your skills, especially if being asked questions like “what do you like to do?” this can easily be turned into an answer that shows your hobbies, and how it relates to your work skills.
By Olivia Blackmore
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