By: Shawna Laird-Brush, Business Manager
Whether you're looking for a promotion at your agency or looking to change companies, chances are you will need to interview for the new position. This is the first of a three part series on best interviewing practices.
You always want to make a good impression when interviewing. Using the tips below could be the difference between landing that promotion and dream job or staying where you are.
Before you walk in to interview, prepare yourself. Research is your friend. Learn about the company and position. Even if you work there now and are looking to move up, do your research. You will minimize the chances for lulls in conversation.
Organize your résumé and and any other documents you plan on taking. Having all your materials together and in order will show you can be detail oriented and prepared. Make sure to update your résumé to highlight the skills that the company is looking for and arranged to make them easy to see at glance.
Being on time for your interview is a must. Give yourself an extra 20 minutes in case of traffic or if you are unsure of where exactly you need to be. Also be sure to turn off your cell phone so there are no distractions. Don't just put it on vibrate - turn it off.
When you first meet your interviewer, first impressions go a long way. Remember to smile, even if you are nervous. Be polite and use your manners. Wait for the interviewer to offer their hand, and give a firm hand shake.
Your posture can say a lot about you. You won't want to slouch or cross your legs and be sure to sit up straight. Body language is crucial and lets the interviewer know that you are not wasting their time. Be conversational but not a chatterbox. Don't take over the interview - it shouldn't be a one sided conversation.
I know it is tempting, but don't ask about money first. If the interviewer doesn't bring it up, then wait until the end before asking about salary and compensation. And remember not to let your emotions get the best of you.
This may sound silly, but send a thank you note to your interviewer. It doesn't have to be long and remember handwritten is usually the best. If they will be making a decision sooner than snail mail will get it there, send an email. Keep it simple with just the thank you.
And no matter how much you may want to, don't post about your interview on social media. Your potential employer may be checking up on you online too. If you want to tell your nearest and dearest, then do so in a phone call.
A combination of great preparation and excellent interview skills can help you ace your interview. Although most of these seem basic, it never hurts to brush up. If you have a suggestion for this post, leave it in the comments and I will update the post.