The first step toward getting the position is researching the company. Look up information like when and where the company was established, what their values are, company culture, etc. This will help you understand the business better and shows professionalism when the interviewer can see that you have done your research.
2. Company’s Dress Policy
Dressing for a job interview greatly depends on the company and its dress code. Whether it is formal or casual, always ensure that you are well-groomed and look professional. If you do not know what the dress code is you can always call in to find out what the company’s dress code is.
3. Prepare Your Questions
Usually during the interview the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. Most of your questions should focus on what your responsibilities will be and what growth opportunities you will have during your time with the company. This will show that you want to integrate right away and you are aiming for long-term success. Asking questions will demonstrate an interest in the company and also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you.
4. Prepare Your Answers
Prepare your answers to questions that the interviewer is most likely to ask. Most interview questions are about yourself, your previous work experiences, your knowledge of the company, and why you think you are the best fit for the job. Having your answers prepared will give you a chance to show the interviewer your knowledge skills.
5. Mental Preparation
Your mental state will affect your behavior during the interview. Ensure that you are in the right mental state before the interview. Boost yourself with confidence and reassure yourself that you are best for the job. Visualization will help you get rid of those nerves and keep you confident and calm no matter the outcome.
6. Body Language
Looking confident is a vital part of getting the job. Projecting confidence is not easy, but when consciously doing a few simple things it will get easier it is simple, but makes a huge difference when you sit up straight, greeting the interviewer with a firm handshake, look the interviewer in the eyes and keep a positive and calm tone of voice. Don’t slouch are fidget, or speak too fast, too loud, or too soft. Try and practice these habits before the interview. Your body language will show confidence and professionalism.
7. Salary Expectations
It can be awkward to talk about the salary, so do your research on what the company pays for your roles, and don’t be scared to speak up. If your salary expectations or too low or too high it could cost you the job. Know your worth and the market. When discussing the salary be flexible and open to discussing a salary that you are both in agreement with.
Listen attentively during the interview. The interviewer will provide information throughout the interview and it is important that hear and understand the information provided and let the interviewer know what you have heard. Also, mirror and match the interviewer’s communication style and pace, this shows that you have good communication skills.
9. Write a Thank You Email
Once the interview is over, write a thank you email to the interviewer. A short and simple email where you thank them for their time and what additional and interesting information you found out throughout the interview. Most applicants do not do anything after the interview so writing this kind of email will keep you in the interviewer's mind and could be the one thing that sets you apart from the other applicants.