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Kathy SeatonCareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton: ACE Your Next Interview

Winter 2021

When it comes to delivering a brilliant a job interview, there are certain things that you must do to stand out from other interview candidates.

Remember, you are on an interview with everyone in the company, from the receptionist to the CEO. The impression you make is important from the beginning to the end of the interview process, job negotiation, and potential job offer.

Here are some tips to ensure that your process is seamless.

  • Do Your Research.
    It is impressive when you walk into an interview and know the ins and outs of the company. This type of detailed research proves your interest in acquiring the job. Review the organization’s web and social media sites. Read the executive bios. And research their industry so that you are familiar with the current trends and innovations.
  • Visit Glassdoor.
    Read the company’s Glassdoor profile to see if you can find sample interview questions that you can prepare for. Make sure that you understand the questions and develop your answers and thoughts in a presentation that lasts no more than 30 minutes.
  • Ask Questions.
    Prepare a detailed list of questions that you can pose to the interviewer. This will help the interview to be conversational and will show your true interest in the position.
  • Clean Up Your Social Media.
    Many HR Directors now turn to social media to learn about you. Ensure that you scrub your social profiles so that you can represent the best version of yourself, personally and professionally.
  • Make an Impression.
    First impressions are everything. Do your best to create a connection with everyone that you meet, including the receptionist, to show that you can fit into the corporate culture.
  • Your Body Language Says It All.
    Your body language speaks volumes about your interest in the position. Make eye contact, smile, sit up straight, and lean in to actively listen and respond.
  • Respond With a Thank You Letter or Email.
    If you follow these tips, you will appear to be the candidate with the most experience and enthusiasm

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” Ayn Rand, American writer and philosopher

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