We at Travel Placement Service can fully appreciate the excitement that occurs when you receive the phone call about scheduling an interview on account of your winning resume. But sometimes too much excitement can distract us from the reality that we haven’t actually landed the job yet. So here are three interview tips to help you make an even better impression than your resume did.
Research: The Company, Hiring Manager, and Job
Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge on the jobseeker’s part in order to differentiate yourself from the competition. You should research the company you are interviewing with, the requirements of the job, and person (or people) interviewing you. Scour the organization’s website and other published materials, search engines, research tools, and ask questions about the company in your network of contacts. Check out this Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Companies.
Review: Common Interview Questions and Prepare
Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. First, ask the hiring manager as to the type of interview to expect. Will it be one-on-one or in a group? Your goal is to try to determine what you’ll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments. A good way for remembering your responses is to put them into a story form that you can tell in the interview. No need to memorize responses (in fact, it’s best not to), but to develop talking points.
Ask: Insightful Questions
Studies continually show that employers make a judgment about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Thus, even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you must remember to ask a few questions. This shows that you have done your research and that you are curious. The smart jobseeker prepares questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview. For an idea of questions you could ask at the interview, see Questions You Can Ask at the Job Interview.
However, before you can masterfully execute the interview, you need to get your foot in the door. And that is where we can help! Check out Travel Placement Service’s active job listings and share your resume with us today.