September 19, 2019
When you’re in search of a new job, it’s all about impressions. The impression your resume makes (which will lead the hiring manager to call you in), the impression your make during your interview (key, because it’s often in person) and follow-up impressions you can make. You want to stick in the mind of your interviewer for all the right reasons, so when it comes time to recommend a hiring choice—your name is at the top of the list.
How to be Unforgettable in an Interview
When the answer to, “Should we hire you?” is a resounding YES among members of the hiring team, you know you’ve made a great impression. And your interview is a perfect opportunity. Yes, you’ll want to establish rapport with the interviewer throughout the process, but it’s often how you close the interview that can be the clincher to whether or not you’re hired. So what can you do?
Ask Good Interview Questions
This shows you care and you were paying attention. You’re just as invested in your future as they are—and you have the questions to prove it. Come to your interview prepared with 3–5 questions, including:
- Why did the previous person leave this job?
- What skills do I need to excel?
- What other questions can I answer to help make your decision easier?
- What should I aim to accomplish in the first three months of this job?
- In your opinion, what’s the best part about working here?
- How is job performance measured?
Remind Them You’re Interested—and Why
An interviewer has just shared a lot of information about the job, and it helps to know you’re just as excited at the end of the interview as at the beginning. So reiterate why you’re psyched to hopefully land this job.
Repeat Why You Think You’d be a Good Fit for the Job
It could be your background, your passion, your skill set, or all the above. Based on what you’ve heard about the open position, why would you be an extremely successful match?
Ask About Next Steps
When will they reach out to you with a final decision? Should you reach out to them? Understanding next steps is an important part of the process.
Thank the interviewer for their time and shake their hand.
Always Send a Thank You Note
It could be via email or a handwritten card—but following up in this way is a must. Never skip this step.
Don’t Give Up
If you do your very best but don’t land this job, that’s OK. It was good practice for your next opportunity. The right job for you is out there! And Inter-Connect can help you find it. We’ll set you up with a recruiter to understand your career goals and find a new job that fits. To learn more, contact us today!
Make an Informed Career Decision
Inter-Connect provides job seekers a free placement service by working with employers throughout the Illinois, Missouri and Iowa Tri-State region to fill their open permanent and temporary positions. We’re experts in staffing who can make it easier for you to confidentially connect with the right opportunity and advance your career.
Many people who find jobs through Inter-Connect start in temp-to-hire positions. This option gives you a chance to really get to know an employer or opportunity to be sure it’s the right match. Why count on a job description or an interview when you can find out what a job is like for yourself?
Choose the option that works best for you:
- Temporary jobs provide flexibility, additional income and a chance to boost your skills.
- Temp-to-hire jobs can help you get your foot in the door at a top employer.
- Permanent jobs offer the chance to advance your career and work toward your professional goals.
Put Inter-Connect’s expertise to work and let us find the right job for you.