You’ve applied to numerous jobs, filled out multiple applications, and written countless cover letters, but it’s finally all paid off; you have an interview. While your potential employer already has a good idea of what you can bring to the table practically in terms of work experiences and software familiarity, the interview is the one time where you get to showcase your talents and value outside of what can fit in your resume or CV. Capitalize on your interview opportunities and present yourself in the best way possible with these tips for interviewing success.

  • Dress the part.
    • The interview is the place for you to shine, so you want to make sure that your accomplishments and achievements aren’t overshadowed by an unkempt or unprofessional appearance. Alongside all of the proper hygiene habits, you should make sure to dress appropriately for someone interviewing for the position.
  • Be prepared.
    • Undoubtedly, one of the first questions you’ll be asked in any interview is “What do you know about this company?” or “Tell us about your experience with our business.” If you haven’t done your research on the company, you could be left looking unprepared and ill-qualified. Familiarize yourself with the company and learn more about what their mission is and how they go about striving to reach it.
  • Arrive early.
    • A good rule of thumb to remember when interviewing is that the best policy is to be early. Eric Jerome Dickey, author of Sleeping with Strangers, put this concept into a concise, easy-to-remember way when he said, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!” Plan to arrive at every interview at least 15 minutes early so that you have a cushion of time should any unplanned obstacles arise, allowing you to relax and prepare for your interview while you wait to be seen.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer(s).
    • Although the interview is primarily an opportunity for your prospective employer to ask you questions and get to know you better, it’s also the best time for you to get to know them, the company as a whole, and whether or not this position would be a good fit for you. That’s why it’s extra important to bring any questions you may have with you to the interview. Asking interviewers what they would change about the company, where someone in your position might expect him or herself in 5 years, and what opportunities for growth exist at the company not only helps you get a better sense of the job  you’re interviewing for but also shows the interviewer that you come prepared and eager to learn more.