Finding a new job is a process. The best results require planning and intentional effort. Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail. Or, as Benjamin Franklin once said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Would you start building a house without careful planning?

Find a location: Perhaps you have already found a company that appeals to you or they have found you. Or, maybe a  recruiter has helped you identify a great match for your skill sets and desired company culture. Either way, location finding the right location is key to a successful long term job transition.

Start planning: Keeping your resume and LinkedIn profile up to date is always a good idea, but be sure to thoroughly review your professional content (including your cover letters, customized for each position) based on the type of role you’re pursuing.

interview tips and tricks

Break ground: Make contact! Networking and working with a recruiter will help you get your foot in the door. Once you have an interview, follow these tips to succeed:

Study up! & Prepare

People typically form 90% of their opinions about someone in the first 90 seconds! Some findings indicate that you have even less time to make a first impression. That means you must walk into the room prepared and confident.

If possible, find out what type of interview will be conducted. Then:

1. Get to know the employer. (website, social media, press, etc…)
2. Learn the job description like it was your own.
3. Practice, and then practice some more.
4. Come up with questions of your own.
5. Start planning what to wear.

Ace The Interview: Tips & Advice On Appearance, Body Language & Questions

First, be sure to dress for the role you want. Even if you are applying for a role in a relaxed environment, it is important to dress as smart and professionally as possible for that environment. Beware of overdressing, but err on the side of formal. Under-dressing can subconsciously redirect the attention of your interviewer.

  • – Be aware of your attitude.
  • Straighten your posture.
  • – Smile.
  • – Make eye contact.
  • – Raise your eyebrows.
  • – Shake hands.
  • – Lean in slightly.

There are many types of questions you should prepare to answer. As a general rule, focus on work related responses and use team language whenever possible. It is important to demonstrate that you are not only antonymous, but a team player. Help the interviewer understand your intention and motives, focus on the future and highlight achievements over experience.

Questions to ask:

1. What happened to the person who previously did this job?
2. Why did you choose to work here? What keeps you here?
3. What is the first problem the person you hire must attend to?
4. What can you tell me about the individual to whom I would report?
5. What are the company’s five-year projections?
6. What’s our next step?

Circle Back

Following up is vital. This is your opportunity to start framing the structure of the role you really want. This also demonstrates a continued interest in the role.

Remember, these interview tips and tricks are just the beginning.  We’ll share more advice on next steps soon!

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