Congratulations! You’ve landed an interview for your dream job!

There’s a lot riding on it – and you want to be your best self when you make that critical first impression on your potential employer. How can you give a naturally confident, wining presentation that truly allows you to shine?

Here are some tips:

Do Your Homework

Amass as much knowledge as you can about your prospective school or company, as well as those who will be interviewing you. Start with the organization’s website and then expand your reach well beyond this starting point.

  • Use Google and other sources. Find relevant press releases. Talk with current or former employees. Get the specifics on company or school goals, initiatives, developments and services. This shows you are proactive, with an eye for detail. It also demonstrates that you are not only excited about the position, but also organized and well prepared.

Practice Ahead of Time

Anticipate the questions you may be asked. Then, find a trusted friend and rehearse your responses in advance of your interview. This practice will help in putting your pre-interview jitters to rest.

Your response should not sound rehearsed – just enthusiastic, natural and concise. A few common sample questions may be:

  • “What is your greatest weakness? What have you done in past situations to overcome it and be successful?”
  • “Why are you leaving/why did you leave your current/former position?”
  • “Why should we hire you?”
  • “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Present a Professional Image

A job interview is not only about how you answer questions. It also gives an employer a chance to see how you present yourself and to get a sense of how you would fit into their organization.  

  • Be punctual. If an emergency comes up, relate the information immediately, so your interviewer knows that you are responsive and a strong communicator.
  • Dress for success. Choose an appropriate outfit that is a notch above what you would wear on the job. Take stock of your appearance and the message it sends. Show that you realize and fully appreciate the importance of the interview.

Have a Compelling Story to Tell

When selling yourself to interviewers, tell a story that holds their interest and demonstrates your unique qualifications for the position.

  • Describe specific examples of your success and achievements. It is these stories that will enable you to stand out. Use numbers, percentages and other quantifiable facts to strengthen your case.

Maximize Your Online Image

Prospective employers will search for you online and take a hard look at what they see. A professional online image is more important today than ever before.

  • Clean up your social media presence. Post interesting, relevant, helpful content. Delete – or ask others to delete – anything that may be questionable.
  • Be consistent with your content. Whether it’s on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or your blog, be sure you provide information and images that align with your desired message.

Do you need additional guidance as you take your career to the next step?

You may be at square one, browsing for new opportunities. Or, you may already be well into the interviewing phase. Working with a specialized recruiter from Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services will help you to enhance your chances of success – and make you feel more relaxed and prepared the next time you’re in the interview hot seat. Read our related posts or contact us today to learn more.

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