17 Important Things To Remember For Your Interview - Delta Position

17 Important Things To Remember For Your Interview

By on July 7, 2015

Several Days – One Week Before the Interview

1. Spend some time to research the organization and the position at hand. Run a search on the internet, talk to current or former employees about their experiences and impressions of the company. Study up on the company’s products and services, industry, target market, annual sales, geographic location(s), structure, history, officers, and any other key information. Are there any new trends in the industry? Most importantly, try to deduce what are the current business problems that this position has to solve.

2. Identify the organization’s major competitors and do some basic research on how they differ (either positively or negatively) from the company at which you are interviewing.

3. Prepare specific examples of how your skills and experience make you a strong fit for the organization’s needs. Practice answering directed questions about your experience, education, and skills and how they relate to the position at hand. Being prepared to draw colorations between your experience and the needs of the organization is one of the most important interviewing skills you will need. If you were able to identify the business problems that need to be solved in this position, prepare a proposal how you are going to solve these problems.

4. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. This question always gets asked

5. Prepare several intelligent questions about the company and the position that will demonstrate your knowledge of the company and your sincere interest in the position. If you know, who’s the interviewer, do some research on them, eg on Linkedin, and prepare several more personal questions as well.

6. If you don’t wear formal attire on a daily basis as part of your job, it’s a good idea to try on your interview attire and make sure that it is still good to go.


The Day before the Interview

7. Contact the company to confirm the date and time of your interview. Also confirm the name and title of the individual(s) you will be meeting.

8. Get directions to the interview site. Be sure to double check the directions using a map. This will ensure that you know the way and also give you an approximate travel time – don’t forget to allow for extra time for rush hour! (For example, check the Google Maps app shortly before the trip, to get the travel time with traffic factored in)

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9. Lay out your entire interview outfit. Check it for any spots, wrinkles, or snags.

10. Print off a few extra copies of your resume and cover letter on nice paper. Even if the interviewer has a copy of their own, it’s always a good idea to have a backup copy. This is also helpful if you end up interviewing with multiple individuals, since the head interviewer may be the only person with a copy of your resume.

11. Get a good night’s sleep!


The Day of the Interview

12. Your brain needs fuel to run at peak performance and if there is ever a day you needed 110% from your brain, it’s today. So don’t skimp on meals and hydrate properly. Be cautious about eating large amounts of carbohydrates right before your interview though, since carbs are know to cause sluggishness and may lead to a “post-lunch” naptime.

13. Get dressed early so you do not feel pressured to dash out the door. Pay attention to the details (brush off any lint, comb your hair, brush your teeth, use deodorant, etc.) and remember that a first impression can reveal a lot about you and your character. If you’re at work and “running out” for an interview, bring a gym bag and hide some elements of your interview outfit, like a tie, not to give yourself away.

14. Don’t forget to take copies of your resume, your cover letter, and your portfolio if you have one.

15. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your interview. If you arrive more than 15 minutes early, it’s best to wait in the car or outside the building. Arriving too early gives off the impression that you have a lot riding on the interview (and have nothing better to do with your time), and also pressures the interviewer(s) into feeling that they have to adjust their schedule to accommodate you.

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16.Smile and shake everyone’s hand when you are meeting for the first time – you should also smile and shake hands when the interview concludes.

17. Relax! If you have done your homework you are well-prepared for the interview. Take a deep breath and spend a moment collecting your thoughts if you need to when being asked a question. If confused about a particular question you are asked, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.


After the Interview (BONUS ITEM)

18. Write a quick follow up message to the individual(s) who interviewed you to thank them, and most importantly, stay in touch.

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