You have landed the interview. Congratulations. Now to prepare to land the job.
At the end of most interviews, the candidate is usually asked if he or she has any questions for the interviewer. The answer should be yes.
There are several tactics to ask a meaningful question. For instance, it is an opportunity to connect with the interviewer and ask them something like "What do you find most exciting about working here?"
Alternatively, you can use the chance to show off your ambition and ask something along the lines of "What are opportunities for training and career advancement?" This question also demonstrates that you are thinking of long-term commitment to the company.
If you haven't had an opportunity to demonstrate your familiarity with the company, you may want to ask about something you saw on the company's website that drew you to the company.
Ultimately, you want to make a great first impression and have a strong close to the interview so be prepared with a couple of questions.
With high levels of unemployment, you need to make sure that your applications stand out from the crowd - in a good way - not because of a glaring problem. Be sure to avoid these issues:
1. Honest Content. You may have an employment gap. You may have some other concern. Regardless, you should be honest about your background and experience. Do not overstate your qualifications or positions.
2. Spelling & Grammatical Errors. Have a friend proof read your resume! Asking a friend to review your resume means you are less likely to have spelling or grammatical errors. Employers only have moments to make determinations about you and will make snap decisions based on these errors.
3. Visually Complicated. You want to limit the number fonts you use, multiple sizes of fonts, borders, or long blocks of texts. Make sure that your resume appears professional. Use standard colors for your ink and paper.
4. Focus Content. Not only does the layout help convey information quickly, but the content needs to be focused so that employers can gather the important information first. Employers pour over numerous applications and you need the important information to stand out quickly.
5. Too General. Not personalizing your resume for each employer can reduce your changes of getting the job. Research the employer and reference goals and values that are important to that employer. This research shows the prospective employer that you took the time and effort to focus on the particular position.