Answering questions isn’t the only preparation you need for your interview. Your appearance and approach to the interview can make a big impression on your interviewer. In our application, SwipeQ Interview, we provide 150 of the most commonly asked questions and answers. But we thought it might be informative for customers of our recent app, to know exactly what types of things to keep in mind, before walking into that first post-SwipeQ interview (or any other interview for that matter )
1. Your Appearance. This is a no-brainer, but you want to look your best. Be well groomed. It is suggested to wear a dark color suit (black, navy blue or grey). Here is a good link with more specifics: How to dress for an interview -http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewsnetworking/a/dressforsuccess.htm
2. Knowledge of the company and position. Try to gather as much information about the company and the position as you can. Knowing details will impress your interviewer and save time, so you can demonstrate and elaborate on other areas of your candidacy.
3. Smile. Interviewers like candidates who fit in well with the culture of the company. Smiling always brights up the room.
4. Getting good rest. It’s understandable to be nervous the night before an interview. Relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep is often better than preparing for those last few details/points. Being well rested will keep you alert and sharp, as well as keep your appearance fresh.
5. Preparation in technical areas. For some jobs there will be a technical component. For example, most computer programming jobs will require you write code; Accounting interviewers will ask about financial statements and balance sheets; editorial interviewers may ask you to write about a topic or a thought. If you know that there will be a technical component, try to cover all the items you listed on your resume. You are more likely to be tested on those areas than on new concepts you did not list.
6. Questions for your interviewer. Have good questions prepared for your interviewer. Remember that getting a job is a two-way street. You’re interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. Try to ask questions about the position so that you’re clear on what you will be doing. Ask about the culture, hours, work environment. Ask about the tools you will be using to complete your tasks.
7. Be on-time. Leave with ample time to get there. Make sure you know the exact location. Sometimes it can be confusing to find the right office or the right building. It’s probably best to enter the building 5 to 10 minutes before your interview.
8. Get feedback from your interviewer. Ask your interviewers for feedback. This show your interest in improving your abilities. Not to mention, it also helps you for future interviews.
9. Eye contact with your employer. When answering questions, speak to your interviewer. Don’t let him/her intimidate you — Be confident. Speak to him/her directly while making eye contact. This shows attentiveness and confidence.
10. Bring a document with all your references. Most companies will make you fill out an official job application. This is mostly for HR’s references. It’s nice to be able to fill out all the information, although this rarely impacts your interview. Some of the things they ask for are:
1. Your social security number
2. previous employers and their addresses/phone numbers
3. references and their contact information
Keep these 10 points in mind, and you’ll be all the more prepared for your next interview!