Are You Setting Yourself Up for Success in Your First Interview?

Interviewing for a new job in Spokane is a nerve-wracking experience. You’re never quite sure what the interviewer will want to know about you and you want to make the best impression possible. At the same time, you need to ask insightful questions that will help you learn all you can about the opportunity, so you can decide whether it’s right for you. How can you balance both and ace your next interview? Make sure you:

Know the basics.

Before your interview, review the job description, the company website and their social media profiles or channels. Learn all you can about them and then identify some reasons why your skills and background are a good fit for them. The more informed you are and are able to talk about why they should hire you, the more confident you’ll feel walking into the interview.

Dress the part.

As the saying goes, “image is everything.” If you show up to an interview in sloppy attire, it’s going to send the wrong message to the interviewer. Instead, make sure you’re wearing a suit or at least business casual clothing to your interview, depending on the company and position. Also plan your outfit ahead of time, so you can ensure your clothes are pressed, your shoes are shined, and there’s no last minute stress about what to wear.

Listen carefully.

During the interview, it’s easy to get caught up in your nerves, the questions you want to ask, and trying to get ready with your next response. Don’t, in the process, get distracted. Clear your mind and listen closely to what the interviewer is saying. You’ll be able to offer more accurate and memorable responses when you do, as a result.

Sell your qualifications.

Promoting your skills and background can feel awkward; however, it’s a must if you want to win the job. So sell yourself during the interview. You want the interviewer to get excited about the prospect of hiring you. To get there, make sure you’re talking about your skills and accomplishments most relevant to the job. You can even take it a step further and offer solutions and ideas for improvements if you’re hired.

Ask questions.

Once the interviewer is done asking you questions, it’s your turn to ask your own. Make sure you’re going beyond the basics and digging into more details about the role and the company. If the hiring manager didn’t discuss these, ask about what short and long-term goals come with the job, how success will be measured, what the culture is like, and your potential boss’s management style. These kinds of questions will not only showcase you as a thoughtful candidate, but also help you decide whether the position is a fit for you.

Thank the interviewer and ask about next steps.

Even if you realize the job’s not right for you, don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time. You never know when your paths will cross again and you want to be remembered as a courteous candidate. If, however, you’re interested in the job, then ask about next steps and when the company plans to make a decision.

Do you need more help preparing for your next job interview?

Provisional Recruiting is here for you. We can ensure your resume is polished, your interview answers are professional, and you get your foot in the door with some of the area’s leading employers. Search our Spokane jobs now to get started.

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