According to AARP, Americans are not only working past traditional retirement age but well into their 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Start noticing when you go places and you’ll realize how true this is. Due to the long term damaging impact that the stock market meltdown of 2008 had and a shrinking nest egg, more and more people are working longer. This also means a lot of people past the age of 50, are still actively hunting for jobs on the market and hope to ace their interview.
I’ve sat on the side of the table as the interviewee and successfully beat out over 500 people to land the job I wanted at a popular entertainment company. It’s a nerve-wrecking and intimidating experience and it’s not always clear what employers are looking for. However, interviews play a key role in determining if you are a good match for the company.
Here are 7 insider interview tips that will help you stand out, make a lasting and memorable first impression and successfully, GET HIRED!
What Makes an Interview Successful?
The first step in winning the interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are 3 key aspects to keep in mind:
It is conversational
Think of the interview more as a conversation and less as an interview. Get to know the interviewer and ask what exactly is needed for the role and what kind of person they are looking for. Once you know what they are looking for, you can answer the questions explaining how your experience meets their needs. This is a key interviewing tip and you should get the job everytime with this tip. It takes the ability to focus and listen carefully to the interviewer and frame your responses based on his feedback.
It is Professional
Walk into the interview confidently, shake the interview’s hand with a firm handshake, smile and be pleasant, make eye contact and introduce yourself right away.
It’s Authentic- Be yourself
Show your personality and be yourself. Employers are looking for staff that show a sense of self and self-confidence. You are showing the employer you’re not afraid to present your opinion in a professional manner. It’s not always what you say, but how you say it that can make all the difference.
What Employers Look for at an Interview
Dress the part and project a professional presence. Employers are seeking people who exude a sense of poise, confidence, and competence. Be sure to add a touch of color to your outfit. For example, a black matching outfit with a red blouse (if red is in your color pallette). Red symbolizes confidence and power.
Are you the right fit for the position?
You’ve probably heard employers mention they are looking for the right “fit”. But what does that really mean?
It means that people want to work with who they like and can get along with. You are being evaluated on the following: Are you likable? Are you positive, fun and/or interesting? Will you be a team player and adapt easily to the company culture?
Are you connecting with the interviewer and/or team?
Did you work with someone the person knows? Discuss how you met them and an interesting fact about the person. This will automatically help you make a connection. Another way to connect, is once you are in the interviewer’s office, look around the room. Do they have pictures of their kids, family, or sports events?
I have commented to the interviewer how cute their kids were and wow, this really opened the person up! It turned out it was their grand daughter and we openly connected when I talked about my daughter. Try to find someone to connect and have something in common.
Are you motivated to do the job?
Show your passion for the job. I had a hiring manager tell me he was always looking for person who has the “twinkle” in their eye. This shows your excitement and confidence that you can do the job.
The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do.
Interviewing creates tension and nervousness, especially if you don’t know what to do or how to stand out from the crowd.
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