Great news! You’ve landed an interview at Spectrum Brands. There’s just one small stop on your way to New Job Offer territory – the interview itself. So how are you going to casually show off your skills, impress your potential new boss, and nail every question? By following these tips:
- Be Practiced. Interviewing well is an acquired skill, just like playing the piano. Brush up on common interview questions, behavioral questions, and even the simple “So tell me about yourself” a few days in advance. Write down your answers and rehearse them. Don’t underestimate the importance of this step.
- Be Prepared. Pack a briefcase or tote bag with extra copies of your resume, a pen, and anything else you may need. (Think: a bottle of water or tissues.) Try on your outfit ahead of time and think about logistics: Will this be comfortable when I sit down? Can I walk in these shoes? Your outfit should be appropriate and professional. Nothing more. Nothing less.
- Be Friendly. Enter the interview with a smile. While we’re looking for qualified new hires, we’re also looking for great people who will fit into our environment and mix well with our employees. Make a connection with the interviewer and we’ll be more likely to remember you.
- Be Vocal. Don’t just wait for the interviewer to ask you the right questions. If you didn’t get a chance to talk about all the reasons why you’re qualified, don’t leave the room until you do. Say, “I think you might like to hear about my experience with Company X because it’s very relevant to this position.”
- Be Inquisitive. An interested person is an involved person. Think of an interview as a normal conversation. Ask thoughtful questions to help the two-way flow of communication. Write down a list of potential questions beforehand so nerves don’t get in your way.
- Be Confident. There’s a reason why we brought you in for an interview – we liked what we saw! Take a positive stance instead of a defensive one during the interview. When responding to questions, showcase the experience and skills that caught our eye in the first place. Remind us why you’re here!
- Be Clear. Never leave an interview without re-stating your interest in the position. It’s often called “closing the deal.” Thank the interviewer for taking the time to bring you in and reiterate a couple reasons why you’d love to join our company. Then do it again after the interview via a thank you card or email.