Interviewing for a new job can be intimidating. A great interviewing experience is not far out of reach, though! Here are some tips that will give you the best chance in your next job interview.

Be Prepared

Hiring managers want to know that you are serious about the role you’re interviewing for. Use your interview as an opportunity to show off who you are. Come prepared dressed to impress and with questions that display you’ve researched the company and fully understand the role you are interviewing for.

Arrive Early for Your Interview

Your potential employer will want to know that you’ll be on time and ready to work for every scheduled shift. Show them that you are timely and punctual by arriving early to your interview, no more than 10-15 minutes. Plan ahead for traffic and other circumstances that could affect your being on time. If for an unavoidable reason you will be running late or need to reschedule your interview, good communication before your interview time can go a long way.

Tell a Story About Yourself.

When asked questions during an interview, use them as opportunities to tell relevant stories about yourself that exhibit your professional work experience. Short, memorable stories will keep you top of mind with the hiring manager and more likely to land the role.

Be Mindful of Your Body Language

How you look and act during an interview can be just as important as what you say. Carry yourself in a professional and confident way by doing things like shaking your interviewer’s hand at the beginning and end of the interview, sitting up straight in your chair, and being an active listener. Body language is important from the moment someone can see you, be mindful of yourself even if you are sitting in a waiting area.

Pose Meaningful Questions to Your Hiring Manager

Be prepared for your interview by preparing meaningful questions that show you care about making sure the role is a good fit for you. You could ask questions about the work environment, the team, or your immediate supervisor.

If you’re looking for a new job but nervous about the interview process, a trusted local staffing agency is a great place to start. A staffing agency can meet with you to talk about your needs and coach you through the interview process before sending you to hiring managers.

For over 15 years, Performance Staffing Solutions has served candidates and clients in North and South Carolina. If you’d like to speak with a recruiter about open positions in the area, click here to Get Hired.