Waterstone Man’s Tips for a Great Interview

In a world dominated by social media, the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a potential employer is even more precious. Making a good first impression can be nerve-wracking, so here are Waterstone Man’s interview tips for navigating your interview with confidence and ease!

Know the Company

Find out as much about the company and the position as you possibly can, before your interview. Your Waterstone serves as a valuable asset in this way and works as a go-between for you and Waterstone’s customer. And, take the time to navigate the the customer company’s website, since most interviewers will ask if you have.

Presentation is Key

It always pays off big to put the effort into your appearance. Dress as the position would demand on a daily basis and be sure to be clean, well-groomed, and wrinkle free.  Starch matters!  Making eye contact, having a firm handshake, and smiling at an interviewer shows that you are friendly and confident.

Participate in the Interview

Speak clearly and monitor the pace of your words, and if you’re speaking too quickly, slow it down. It’s okay to stumble, but remember to stay focused and listen to the wording and context of each question asked of you so that you can answer effectively and appropriately.  Asking questions throughout the interview shows the interviewer you’re engaged and think on your feet. This also serves the purpose of (you guessed it) you learning more about the company and the position for which you’re interviewing. Crazy, huh?

 Be Prepared

Though many interviewers nowadays can access your resume digitally, you should always have an extra copy (or two) of your resume with you.  It pays to be prepared to answer questions on your strengths and weaknesses in advance.  Though it can be difficult to reveal your weaknesses to someone you’re trying to impress, you can balance it by spotlighting areas where you’re strong.

Post-Interview

Explain why you think you’re a good fit for the position and ask for the Job.  Customers appreciate directness. Following up with a thank you note that expresses your interest in the position and demonstrates good manners helps distinguish you from other candidates.

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