Getting ready for an interview is way more than just dressing for success. You've already separated yourself from the piles of resumes and applications to land an interview. But your job – which is getting the job – isn't over yet. Even engineering and IT professionals with years of experience and tons of talent can stumble when face-to-face with an interviewer.
Yes, an interview can be intimidating, but relax; we've been helping engineering and IT professionals like you thrive in their interviews for decades. In this blog, you'll find some quick tips to turn interviews into offers and to accept that offer when you get it. So, are you ready to close the deal and connect with the job you want? Check out these interview tips.
- Practice, practice, practice.Rehearse potential questions and answers with a friend, family member or recruiter.
- Arrive early. We recommend you get there at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
- Bring several copies of your resume. You may meet more than one interviewer, so have enough copies to go around.
- Be enthusiastic about the position and the company. Remember, you're being measured on how positive, poised and prepared you are.
- Answer every question, even the tough ones. You should not intentionally ignore a question or be evasive. If you're unsure about the question or need some time to think, ask the interviewer to repeat it. Keep answers clear and succinct, but cite specific examples and measurable accomplishments.
- Ask specific questions. It will help you look interested and find out if this is the right job for you.
- Mitigate the negatives. Do not speak negatively about other employers. If you have to discuss negative experiences, point out what you learned.
- Be positive about your reason for leaving your current job. The key word to remember is “more." You want more challenges, more responsibility, more opportunity, etc.
- Always represent yourself honestly. You want to be hired for what you can do, not for what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Dishonesty could land you on the unemployment line.
- Make the job you're interviewing for your chief objective. Even if you're interviewing with multiple companies, frame your answers so that the interviewer feels this is your #1 choice. At the end of the interview, ask for the position.
- Do not discuss salary or benefit packages. Remain open. Let your recruiter handle these sensitive negotiations.
Now, let's put it all together. The interview is just one crucial part of the job search. We can help you outperform expectations at every stage. From resume writing tips
to career advice to free online training, we're here to connect you to the job you want. To find out more, visit modis.com/us today or contact your local office.