How to Ace an Interview

When we call you with that great opportunity to meet with one of our clients, we want you to be completely prepared and ready to knock their socks off. Here are a few tips that can help you achieve that goal.

Dress for the job you want.

Be sure you are dressed appropriately for the job you are applying for. You should at least be dressed as though you already work there, for instance it is not necessary to be in a suit for every job interview but above all, be sure your clothes are washed, your hair is styled professionally, and your hands are clean. Nothing can kill an interviewer’s interest more quickly than an unkempt appearance. Be sure you’re wearing something comfortable; if you’re physically uncomfortable during an interview you won’t be mentally comfortable either, and the interviewer may pick up on that. Don’t forget the unmentionables, breath mints and deodorant are a must but skip the heavy perfume or cologne.

Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

Even though the interviewer will most likely already have a copy of your resume, you should still take a few copies with you in case you meet other people who do not have a copy and want one. Be sure to have with you a pen and paper to take notes, for two reasons: taking notes will help you remember things the interviewer tells you, and having notes to refer to will help you craft questions of your own to ask. It is always a good idea to do your homework before an interview, ask your Energi Personnel consultant all about the company you are interviewing with, like what are the company’s goals and objectives and industry details. Also you can do a search on the internet about the company to find even more information.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

The day before the interview, spend as much time as you can practicing your responses to standard questions most interviewers ask: “Tell me about yourself.” “What makes you a good candidate for this job?” “What are your short-term and long-term goals for your career?” You should already know the answers to these questions by heart, before being asked. Your answers should be straightforward, to the point, and honest. Make a point of telling them about specific accomplishments at your previous employment. When offering personal information, or talking about jobs you held years ago, don’t go into too much detail and leave out anything that isn’t pertinent to the job at hand. Do not be negative about your current or past situations, no one wants to work for the downer in the group, so show that you are an optimistic team player and you are sure to win them over.

Leave a lasting impression

When the interview is over, as you give the interviewer a firm handshake, leave a lasting impression, smile and say something like, “I appreciate your time; I would very much like to work for your company. End by saying you look forward to hearing from Energi concerning the interview.

Follow up is key

After the interview, you should immediately call into the Energi Personnel office and express your interest in the position. It would be a great idea to write a small thank you to the interviewer expressing your interest and appreciation for their time.  If you bring it in to the Energi office we will hand delivery it to the client which puts you heads above the rest.