As a Recruiter working in the Human Resources/ Recruiting field I understand fully that interviews can be nerve wrecking, in this day and age finding a minute to yourself to prepare for an interview can be daunting, but a lack of preparation will get you nowhere. One major way to calm your nerves is to take time to focus on what you are about to step into. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make it count!
Do your research
Where is the company headquarters located? Who started the company? How many people work there and (if at all possible) do you know any of their clients or customers? Being able to spout off important facts about the company can gain you major points with the hiring manager. It shows you understand the basic dynamics of the company besides just the job you applied for.
Why do you want to work for this company? Does your extensive photography/graphic design background line up with what they are looking for in a designer? Do you feel like you fit in with the culture of the company (fast-paced, lots of travel, innovators in their industry, etc.) Why are you a fit and what assets do you have that you can bring to the table?
Job Hopper Syndrome
Why are you looking to leave your current position? I will tell you that answers like “Growth opportunities” Or “looking for something new” Will be delved into. A question like this requires you to really think about the job description, your skill set, and why your current company can’t give you career wise what this present company can offer you.
ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS have at least two or three questions to ask at the end of the interview. Questions pertaining to the job are the best. You want to get an idea of the team environment, workload, pipeline or customer load as well as the culture of the company. These important factors will assist you in making the best decision for you.
All in all, articulate your words, wear your nicest professional business attire and put a big smile on your face. It’s showtime! Go get ’em tiger!
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