Interviewing is tough. You have to dress up, sell yourself, and hope you get the job. The pressure is on to impress the interviewer and convince them to not only like you but hire you. If you are currently job hunting, don’t let yourself get lost in the stress. Use some simple steps in your process to find and get your dream job.
Your Dream Job is Out There
If you have gone to school for several years or dedicated to learning your trade on the job and feel confident in your skills, be confident you’ll find a job that suits your needs! You should imagine taking on a certain role and know that it is not merely an option, but your dream to work here. This is your dream job. Recognize and hold on to that feeling. That is what is going to get the ball rolling. Use excitement and confidence as your guide when looking for positions. If you fee like it’s just another task, you’ll never feel motivated enough to interview.
Applications, Applications, Applications
Once you realize what your dream job is, start applying and researching. Apply for these positions and research the companies. Check out employee reviews and research into the local industry culture. IT might also be a good time to call your references and let them know you are job hunting and they may be called. Get a pre-employment screening done so you can show potential employers you are dedicated in your search. Knowing what to expect next gives a great peace of mind during the stressful process of attempting to obtain new employment.
Preparation is Key
A recruiter has called you and set up your interview date and time. Between now and your interview, it is time to research the company, their history, products, and services, philanthropies, and any other interesting facts. Read employee reviews and get as much information about the interview process as possible. Treat this period like you are studying for a big exam.
Today is the Day
Hopefully you got some sleep last night, because today is the day! Be sure you are looking and feeling your best. When you look good, you feel good. Remember to wear something comfortable and professional, because you may get a tour of the office and some walking may be required. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
It is time for the show to begin: your interview. Be polite, show off your skills and research abilities, and remain confident. Do not come off as a know-it-all, but just show the interviewer that you are dedicated to the possibility of this position and working for this company.
You made it! Make sure you shake your interviewer’s hand and thank them for their time. After a couple of days, send a follow-up email thanking them again, letting them know it was a pleasure to meet them. This leaves a positive impression with them, so even if you do not get this position, they may remember you and offer you something in the future.
After the interview it can be a good idea to follow up with a thank you email. This is not just polite but will also help keep your application at the forefront of the interviewers mind. Remember it takes nothing to be polite but it can reap amazing benefits.
Probably one of the best step by step guides I have read is by UpToWork – in this article they tell you how to write a thank you email after an interview.