Posted in Career Insights

One of the hardest parts in the process of getting a new job is to get the interview. If you’ve gotten far enough that a business is spending fifteen to thirty minutes having someone talk to you in person, they are likely at least somewhat considering hiring you. You’ve got your ‘in’ with the company; now you need to make sure that you do not blow the opportunity you have to better yourself.
So, how do you turn an interview into a job offer? Here are a few tips for making that conversion.

Dress to Impress

A common piece of advice for the interview is that you should dress for the job you want. If you cannot afford to buy an entirely new outfit or are on a budget, go to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army location and see if they have anything suitable in your size. You may only wear it once, but it’ll be worth the money you spend if it gets you a managerial job.

Do Not Say ‘uhhhh’ or Overuse ‘like’

If you’re the kind of person who peppers their talks with pauses of ‘uhhhhhhh’, or who can’t help but use ‘like’ every fifth word, you need to stop. Practice beforehand. If you need to pause to gather your thoughts, take a second before starting your sentence, but do not use ‘uhh’ or a similar sound. And as for the overuse of ‘like’, cut it out of your speech entirely unless you are making a comparison between two things.

Be Knowledgeable About the Field

It’s possible to fake your way into an interview. Some businesses do not thoroughly investigate employment histories. However, once you’re in the interview, if you don’t know anything about the field or the business, it is going to become apparent quickly. Make sure that you honest in representing yourself when you apply for a managerial job, or you will not get past the interview stage.

Do Not Make Inappropriate Jokes

Some interviewers are very disarming people who seem like they’re comfortable with a joke or two. Don’t joke with them at all, but if you must joke, make sure that the jokes are completely inoffensive and of the ‘safe-forwork’ variety. Do not joke about workplace violence, religion, politics, or anything that people find generally offensive. Making the wrong joke is the kind of thing that can take you from a great interview to having your resume thrown in the garbage when you leave the office.

Be Polite and Thank Them for Their Time

First impressions matter immensely when you’re looking for a new job, but you need to maintain an air of positivity and politeness throughout the interview. At the end of the interview, reach across the desk and shake their hand. Say something along the lines of ‘thank you for your time, and I look forward to working with you in the future.’ This tells them that you feel you are the best candidate and shows that you are grateful for their time in speaking with you.

If you do not have a lot of experience in leadership positions, a great way to prepare for an interview is to take a basic training course that covers management and management responsibilities. Groups like Stratford Career Institute not only offer such a course, but they offer a course that you can take from the comfort of your home, and at your own pace, which can help prepare you better for the interview process.