So you’ve sent in your resume and were contacted for a job interview. Now what?
The job hunt is a nerve wracking time for everybody. Our confidence, happiness, and comfort levels do not stay stagnant in the midst of the job search process. When we get contacted for an interview, it is common for us to feel contentment. You now have your foot in the door, and have to finish what you started in a strong manner.
A common thing to forget during the interview process is that the things you do, think, and say before your interview are all taken into account. How you correspond through email and phone are your chances to set a good first impression for your interviewees.
As you correspond with your potential employers in the time leading up to your interview, you need to remember that your interviewees are people just like all others. These people have feelings of competition, guilt, jealousy, and love. In order to make your interviewees fall in love with you, you need to keep in mind the following.
Match Their Tone and Energy
You will get emails and phone calls to schedule your interview in a variety of variations. Sometimes the emails will be congratulatory, and sometimes the emails will be robotic and perhaps a little rude and intimidating. Take the emails and phone calls that you receive as information about the company’s culture.
If the correspondence from your potential employer is of upbeat nature, then try to make your responses match that energy. When you match the energy of the correspondence from your interviewers, you show that you’re susceptible of fitting into the culture of the company.
Make sure your correspondence is smooth, and take signs from your interviewers for when to lead and when to listen. Show that you can adapt to their tone and energy levels before and during the interview.
Never Be Surprised
You may be applying to the company of your dreams, or you may discover that they company you thought was great turns out to be a dump. Try not to show what your findings are related to the company that you are interviewing for. Do not act like you don’t belong (out of nervousness) in a company which seems great, and never think of yourself as better than the company which seems like a terrible place to work for.
Not being surprised at the results of your findings on a company is also a sign that you have been there and done that. It is a sign that you will be ready to put in valuable work right away and be an asset to the company from the get-go. It shows that you won’t be needing too much time to get used to the culture and overall environment. Take it all in stride, and make an attempt to take everything in without making comments which indicate that you haven’t experience someone quite like this before.
Your Employer’s Perspective is More Important Than Your Own
Setting up an interview is a team effort whether you know it or not. You cannot force somebody to be at a certain location during a certain time, so them completing their end of the bargain well is crucial.
This one is a little broad, but make sure you are always thinking from an employers perspective. If given a choice to select interview times, think about how you would feel interviewing somebody at different times of day. We are hungry before lunch, drowsy in the morning, and inattentive right before the end of the business day.
Know that the people who are contacting you and setting up an interview are doing the same to potentially hundreds of people. Make the process easier for them, send them the information that they need promptly, and answer all questions clearly. Understand their position in asking you to come back for a second, third, or fourth interview. They’re looking for a good candidate similar to you looking for a good company to work for. An investment into a new candidate is a big one for a company which takes their talent seriously. Be understanding of everything that a potential employer asks of you, and be willing to learn new things about the business of hiring and recruitment.
Make it seem like you understand their perspective from the get-go and they will get a sense that you will understand it when the going gets tough in the workplace. Show that you are able to work as part of a team before you even get the official word that you’ve been selected for employment.