How to Interview Well

Jan 20, 2016

Interviewing for a new position can be scary--especially if it's your first job. Here are a few tips from our Recruiters to help your interview go smoothly, and help you secure that new title.

1. Do your research.

There are many websites that can help you get a snapshot of what it would be like to work for any given company. Some of those include glassdoor.com, indeed.com, and the company's actual website. If they are a business that works with consumers, use a Google search to research customer reviews. However, keep in mind that an unhappy customer or employee is 10 times more likely to write a complaint than a satisfied customer or employee.

Not only can these websites tell you about the position and the employees, but sometimes they will have salary reports, benefit breakdowns, and more. What is the company's vision or values? How can you help them achieve those missions/values? Do they fit your values? What does their past look like? How fast are they growing? What would your growth potential look like with this company? These are all crucial questions to ask yourself while researching company information--even before you put in your application.

2. Ask questions.

 Our Recruiters love when they're asked questions. It shows that the applicant is interested in their potential future with the company. Some great questions are:

  • How did you get started with the company?
  • What would you say the culture is like in your/this department?
  • What do you like about your job?
  • What would my day-to-day look like?
  • What would a career path with this company look like?
  • When can I expect to hear from you again? 

3. Come prepared.

Being prepared and coming prepared are two different things. Show up a little early to show you're prompt. There may also be paperwork to fill out beforehand. This helps keep the Hiring Manager on schedule. Bring your questions and a notepad to record the answers. Taking notes is always helpful,too. Notes can help you later on. You also need to dress appropriately

--business casual is a safe bet. Bring extra resumes. Sometimes Hiring Managers invite other team members to join in the interview process to ensure that you'll mesh well with their current associates. And last, but not least, be prepared to say why you want this position and how you'd benefit the company. 

4. Breathe!

Nerves can sometimes get the best of us. It's okay to take a second to think about your answers;it's not a race. Just take a deep breath, and put some thought into your answer.

Here are some other great articles about how to have a great interview that are worth checking out-- Good Luck!

-What to Bring to a Job Interview

-7 Things to do on the Morning of your Interview

-20 Tips for a Great Job Interview 



Category: Retail Careers