Making a great impression in a job interview

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Written by Chelsea Grzegorczyk

Have you started looking for a new career? If so, your first steps may be updating  your resume and applying to a few open jobs. Once you’re past those initial steps, it may be time to start preparing for job interviews. Use our advice on what to do before, during, and after an interview to make a great first impression. Who knows, our tips may help you land a new career!

Before the interview

Review your resume. Make sure you can comfortably talk about your previous experiences. This may take some practice, and that’s okay! This will ensure you’re knowledgeable about your history and how your work has contributed to your previous employers’ goals.

Research the company! Start with the company website, and check a few news outlets for any recent articles. You can also search on sites where employees can leave reviews, such as , to get a picture of what current employees think about their employer that you are interested in.

Map out your route ahead of time. Take into account traffic, weather, parking, and any other factors that could potentially delay your arrival time. Speaking of arrival time, aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. When you arrive, remember to be polite to the receptionist – they are your potential future coworker, and may even be part of the interview process.

Take a few moments to calm your nerves and check your appearance. Look for wardrobe malfunctions, food in your teeth, and anything else that may be distracting to your interviewers. You want them thinking about how your skills translate to the position, not your misaligned buttons.

During the interview

Keep your phone out of view, and preferably off. Any other distractions such as watch alarms should be minimized, as you want the interview to have your full attention.

Take notes as needed. Interviewers may mention important points that would be helpful to reference later, such as qualities they’re looking for in the role or company goals. Feel free to simply ask “Is it okay if I take some notes?” at the start of the interview to give your interviewers a heads up that you may jot down some quick notes.

Clarify questions you’re asked as needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarity if you don’t quite understand what is being asked. This helps ensure you’re both on the same page before diving into your answer.

Ask questions!  Use the research you’ve done to come up with a few questions. Interviewers appreciate when candidates have put thought into their interview preparation, and this will set you apart from others. If you choose to take notes, you can pre-write the questions so you don’t forget them!

After the interview

Follow up to thank your interviewers. Mailing a handwritten thank you note was a best practice for years, but these days, email is easier and will reach your interviewers faster. Use the thank you to not only say “Thanks!” but to make additional connection with your interviewers and show how you would bring value to the team.

Wait it out. After you have thanked your interviewers, the next move is on the company.  It may be tough to wait, especially if you’re excited about the opportunity, but the company may need time to finish interviewing other candidates, wait until key players are back from vacation, or handle top priority deadlines before getting back in touch. Don’t get discouraged while you’re waiting! This is a normal part of the hiring process.

 

With these tips in mind, go forth and interview with ease! Remember, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has job openings nationwide in a variety of roles – from moving to management, and everything in between. Check out our careers website and find your new dream job today, and our interviewing tips video for even more ways to make a great impression in your next interview.

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One thought on “Making a great impression in a job interview

  1. Molly Fogg says:

    Awesome article and great advice!

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