The interviewing process is a crucial step in the game of job hunting and can be quite daunting for some. This is an opportunity where you get to show your potential employer, who you are, your skills and see if you’ll be the right fit for the team and position.
I have spoken to many people who had the technical skills and abilities to do well in a particular role within a company but didn’t have the communication skills to convey their abilities and the value they could bring to an organization. If you are not able to sell your skills, abilities, and value during an interview, then close them, you will never earn the role and income you desire. In this blog, I want to share with you my 5 tips to close your interview. We can’t promise these 5 tips will get you your next job, but they sure will increase your chances for the role you want!
Do research on the company and services they provide.
Leading up to the interview, it’s important to do research on the company you are considering to join. Many times hiring managers may ask a question about their company, like “What do you know about our company?, or “What is the reason you want to work with our company?” Preparation shows in an interview, so be prepared.
Have answers that are going to impress your potential employer and show you have done your homework. Now if you really want to impress them, you can do some digging! Find more information about the company other than what is shown on their website through resources like, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
If you find information in regards to a problem the company is having, you can prove your value by providing a solution to the problem(s) during the interview. So do your homework!
2. Know your resume and have examples of your work/experiences.
From front to back, from each point in your career, you should know your resume and have examples ready to share. There is no doubt they will not pull out your resume and ask you about your experiences and skills. It’s apart of the interview process. Providing specific examples of different scenarios you have experienced in your previous roles and how you created solutions to those problems, helps validate your experience and skill sets. If possible, provide examples of the projects you have completed. Depending on the tech role, you can provide examples of created scripts, work forms, frameworks, etc.
3. Arrive early so you can be on time.
The saying goes, “You’re on time if you’re 15 minutes early. You’re late if you’re on time.” You have to arrive for the interview at least 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. If you are driving, confirm the meeting address with the manager. Check Google Maps to see the estimated time for travel during that time of day. If you are really want to get it right or are not familiar with the area, you can also do a practice drive the day before. Leave an extra 30 minutes earlier than the estimated travel time to account for possible traffic, or missed turns to ensure you’ll be at least 15 minutes early.
If you are doing a phone call, confirm the conference call, number, and password. For a video chat interview (Skype, Facetime, WebEx, etc), make sure to confirm/test Skype IDs of both sides, confirm the phone number being used for Facetime and confirm/test the WebEx link and password.
There are so many problems that can arise, but if you add at least 30 minutes or more before your scheduled interview time, you will be better prepared and able to accommodate unexpected situations.
4. Show and prove to the hiring manager you can add value to their team and organization.
The whole point of an interview to show and prove to the hiring manager you are eager to join their team and add value in ways that only you can do. Here are a couple of ways to do this.
Provide solution examples related to the service they provide, or to a current problem they are facing in their project plans or some they have for the future.
Share your past experiences and current skills you’ve gained throughout your career and explain how they can be useful to them.
Discuss your unique accomplishments and strengths. Showing off your accomplishments can separate you from the competition.
5. Make eye contact, stay positive and be yourself!
And lastly, make eye contact, stay positive and be yourself. Eye contact is one of the strongest signs of strength and confidence. So when you meet the interviewer(s) for the first time, shake their hand and make eye contact during the greeting. Don’t stop there, make eye contact throughout the interview session with everyone present.
Keep a positive mindset during the interview and don’t be negative about previous employers and managers. Having a positive mindset and conversation will have a positive effect on their thoughts and emotions. Also, be careful not to assume or pre-judge a company or role. Many times the way something appears to be, may not be true. Finally, be yourself! Not all job opportunities will be a good fit, not only for the company but for yourself too. Being yourself will help to determine if this is a good match for both yourself and the hiring manager. If it is a good match for both sides, you have a higher chance of fitting into the company’s core values, principles, and long-term goals. Which will result in a longer, more fulfilled partnership for yourself and the organization.
Those are my 5 tips to close your interview and I’m sure they will be very useful to you. There are many more tips out there that will greatly increase your chances to close on your next interview. If you want to dive in more, a great resource for more in-depth tips is the “Ace The Interview” course, provided by Adam Weiss. He is my colleague, friend and a great mentor of mine. He goes into great detail about all the tips needed to ace your next interview. I promise you, the value of your return on investment in his course will higher than the amount it cost for access. Below is a link to his program.