May 1, 2015

An interview can be a stressful experience, whether you are looking for permanent work or a temporary position.  However, interviews don’t have to be tense. The purpose of the interview is for you and the employer to see if you are a good fit and if the job is one that you are likely to succeed in. You want to impress your potential employer, but also make sure that the job is right for you. To help you increase the chances of interview success, consider following these tips.

Learn about the company you are applying to

It is important to understand more than just the job description. You want to know what the company does and what your role will be within the broader organization. When you know more about the business, you will come across as interested and knowledgeable when you talk to the interviewer. You will be able to show you are serious about the job and committed to becoming an effective part of the team.

Prepare some questions to ask about the business

At some point in almost every interview, you will be asked if you have any questions for your potential employer. These questions should not be focused on salary, benefits, or what the company can do for you. Instead, the questions should show that you have thought about the job and whether you can help the company to succeed if you are hired. When you learn about the potential employer, think about the types of questions that you can ask that will show you have done your researcher and are truly interested in whether you can excel in the position.

Consider how your skill set is a match for the potential employer

You need to sell yourself to a potential employer, and you do this by thinking about how you can add value to their team. Employers don’t hire you so you can advance your career, but instead are looking for someone that will be productive and improve the company’s success. When you answer interview questions or share information about yourself at the interview, you want to demonstrate with each response how your skill set makes you the right person to fill the position.

Practice answering common interview questions

There are certain questions that interviewers often ask candidates. You may be asked about past professional successes you are most proud of, and about what your greatest weaknesses are. Coming up with answers on the spot can be difficult, so consider practicing responses to some of these common questions. You want to sound confident, but not scripted when you provide answers.

By following these tips to prepare for an interview, you can increase your chances of finding the right position. Inter-Connect Employment Services, a leading staffing service in the Tri-State area, can help you to find interviews in your field so you can put these tips to work.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find your next career opportunity.

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