Some job seekers approach the application and interview process with the mindset that they are entering into a one-sided system. While this is fine for a passive individual, proactive job seekers must be prepared to engage their interviewer during a process that is equally informative and rewarding to both parties. With that in mind, there are a few tips and tricks you can utilize in order to connect with your next interviewer and make the lasting first impression.

Do Your Research

Conduct some preliminary research before entering your next interview in order to maximize your chances of success. While this wasn’t always a viable option, the Internet provides ample resources for gathering some basic background information on the company you are approaching.

Not only does this show a sense of true interest and dedication on your behalf, but this information can be used to determine whether or not a company is right for you before even undergoing an interview. While you don’t have to memorize every single detail, taking the time to review a company’s industry, product line, mission statement or any organizational goals can go a long way in determining your exact approach to the interview process.

Maintain a Positive and Friendly Demeanor

One of the best things you can do when entering the interview process is to maintain a courteous, friendly and positive attitude throughout. Most employers won’t even take a chance on an applicant if it looks like they might bring their current workforce down, and a negative or gloomy attitude is a surefire way to project that sort of image. Instead, try to maintain eye contact, smile and remain courteous. Even if it looks like you may not get the job, it’s crucial that you maintain a professional disposition at all times.  There is a good chance that the person interviewing you will interact with you every day, people hire candidates that they believe will fit into culture.

Ask Questions Throughout

While it is true that you should be prepared to ask questions of your interviewer, you don’t necessarily have to wait until the end of the interview to inquire or comment. In fact, asking questions as they arise is a great way to show the interviewer that you are paying attention, and their responses to your questions may even help you compose inquires for later on in the interview process.  Questions should focus on how the position helps the organization move forward and the criteria that is used to evaluate the success of the department or division.  Questions should not be focused on “What can the company do for me?” until you are negotiating a compensation package with benefits.

Answer Questions Thoroughly

Always try to avoid one-word answers when engaging your interviewer. Instead of a simple yes or no, provide some background information or further details to your answer. Doing so can help craft a stronger bond between you and the interviewer, and it can pave the way for future questions or inquiries from either party.

Provide Follow Up Communications

Finally, always remember to follow up on any interviews you’ve received or applications you’ve submitted in a timely and professional manner. Although expert opinions vary on the timeline of such follow-up contact, but five business days is generally considered an acceptable period of time to wait before initiating your follow-up. Once established, don’t be afraid to ask directly about the status of your application or interview. If necessary, you can use this time to schedule future communications, too.

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