5 Interview Tips to Outshine Your Competition
Posted by Liz Taylor Apr 23, 2015
In our resume saturated market, you’ve got to outshine your competition and set yourself apart. Keep the following five interview tips in mind to win your dream job:
1) Use LinkedIn and Google to your advantage by researching the company and interviewer ahead of time.
2) Mirror the interviewer- Dress like you have their job, copy their body language, posture, pace and tone of voice.
3) Master a strong first impression: Be five minutes early, greet the interviewer with a genuine smile, confident eye contact and a firm handshake. Invest in a polished leather portfolio, pen, business card holder case and crisp resume. Remember to trim and manicure your nails, wear an appropriate haircut and style for your age and make sure your suit is clean and lint free.
4) Maximize your chance of getting hired by asking intelligent questions throughout the interview, following up and most importantly, writing a handwritten thank you letter.
5) Don't wing it. By the time you walk in, you should have prepared answers for anticipated questions, vast knowledge of the company and confidence showcasing your enthusiasm for the job at hand.
“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”
—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center
“Absolutely superb! Liz has an amazing knack for presenting her concepts in a thought-provoking and clear style. Her ideas and suggestions would enhance anyone's ability to bridge the gap between business and etiquette. She clearly has a deep understanding of not only the topic, but the thought processes that go into creating better interpersonal relationships out of socially awkward situations. I highly recommend her and her coursework...she will help your business!”
—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff
“Liz, Thank you so much for coming to Indianapolis to help us grow our skills as professionals and as people. Your presentation helped us address issues with grace, candor, sensitivity – as well as fun! You were fabulous!”
—Betsy Hamlett, Director of Sales for Kenra, Ltd.