It is no secret that jobs are few and far between these days. Even those who get interviews end up being overlooked for someone more qualified or someone looking for less money. The key to finally landing the job of your dreams is not just getting noticed enough to get an interview, but to really stand out during the interview. You need to leave a great impression on your potential employer so they understand the value of hiring you and remember you when it comes time to make the final hiring decision.
There are a few things you can do to get started on the right foot and really make yourself stand out among the competition. There are also a few things you should avoid when interviewing. Start by putting the past behind you and focusing on the positive future you could have with this new company. Avoid talking about previous employment problems, and when you have to do so, downplay the negative. If you have had experiences with a comp lawyer or a worker's comp attorney, do your best to leave the details out of the meeting. Even in cases when you were not at fault in any way, it is still best if you not bring this information into the interview.
If you find yourself in a situation where you must give the details of previous problems, be sure to accentuate the positive. Chances are, you learned a valuable lesson, you had a chance to change how you see things, or you may have had a chance to make amends. The important thing is to show your potential employer that even though something bad happened, you made the best of it and learned a lesson.
Those who are concerned about what you should do in an interview should first take a look at their wardrobe. It is important that you dress professionally and approach your interview with a positive attitude. Some people like to wear certain colors like navy blue, gray, or black to an interview. Others choose to stand out with a colorful accessory or sharp pair of shoes. Make sure your clothing is clean, pressed, and in good repair.
Along with dressing the part, be sure you act professionally. Do not bring anyone along with you to the interview, even if you feel insecure about traveling alone. Bring a note pad along to make notes and jot down a few questions you can ask the potential employer so you appear interested. Keep the discussion away from salary and benefit topics, but ask them about the history of their company, their company philosophy, or what a typical work day would be like. You may also want to share a few facts you already know about the company just to show you did your research.
Finally, no matter what else you do or do not do during the interview, be sure you arrive on time. Leave yourself at least a fifteen minute cushion so you have time to check in with the receptionist and catch your breath for a few minutes before the interview begins. If you will be traveling a long way, account for traffic problems.