Top Tips for Pre-Planning Your Interview

Make a lasting impression.

May 15, 2018


Hiring managers are buried with hundreds of resumes each day. If you are fortunate enough to score an interview, there is a few things to consider if you want to stand out from the crowd. One way to achieve this is to be over-prepared for the interview. We’ve outlined a few things to make a lasting impression on the person with whom you interview.

Top Tips

1.      Get a good night’s sleep: This is common sense; a good night’s sleep will help you function at your highest capacity, and your physical appearance will reflect it.

2.      Attire: Decide on the attire you will wear the night before.  Dress professionally, even if the company appears to be casual; it's also a good idea to hide your ink until you are hired.

3.     Cell phones: Turn your cell phone off before you enter the building; do not surf on your phone while you wait, instead, read company material that may lie around the reception area.

4.     Resume: Bring at least two hard copies of your resume. An interviewer may call another person into the room who has not seen your online resume, and HR managers like to have a hard copy for office files.

5.     Research: Spend time researching the company before your interview. Read all tabs on their website and learn about the business. Jot down a few questions that relate to the company; this shows you’ve done your homework.

6.    The Questions: Be familiar with the job description; note questions you may have and identify the items for which you have experience. Practice answering the standard questions to avoid hesitation when you respond.

  • Tell me about yourself: A common question asked, and most times at the beginning of an interview.  Use this opportunity to elaborate on prior successes, your skills, and show your enthusiasm.
  • What are your strengths? When you answer this question, include your strongest skills and provide examples of each.
  • What are your weaknesses: Be honest, but don’t overdo it. The last thing to say is, “I’m always late for work,” “I hate working in teams,” or similar statement which are sure to eliminate you as a candidate. You may be okay at math, but not a math wiz; this is a reasonable statement you can make.
  • Why do you want to work here? This is where you need to become creative. If you’ve researched the company, and read something that peaked your interest, or have read excellent reviews about the company, discuss it. Show how your skills match the job description. Focus must be directed to how you will be an asset to the employer, not what the company can do for you.

A final note: The last stage of the interview typically ends with the question, “Do you have any questions?” Be ready. Ask about the company’s structure, the management, or another topic. This is not the time to ask about paid time off or benefits.

In conclusion, preparation is vital to gain the advantage over the competition. Go into the company with a strong knowledge of their background, history, mission, and culture. Practice the interview, and when you enter the office, exude an air of confidence. These tips will give you an excellent chance to land on the list of top contenders.

Consider Lofton Services for all your job search needs. We have ongoing relationships with some of the finest companies in the Gulf South. People with all types of interests and skills come to Lofton to find satisfying work. Whether you are looking for a temporary or full-time position, Lofton can find you the right assignment based on your skills and experience. Contact us today.

 

 

 

 


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