We all want to work with enthusiastic colleagues,” says Chris Dottie, managing director, Hays Spain, in a recent post. “If someone is not excited about the company before they start it’s very difficult to imagine them being energetic and proactive once they begin work.”
Convey your enthusiasm by preparing thoroughly – from researching the company and role to anticipating questions and following up. Here are Dottie’s five foolproof practices:
1. Do your research.
Peruse the company’s website, check out employees’ LinkedIn profiles and follow the company on social media.
“Through proper research you will be able to get real idea of the DNA and culture of this organization, so you can then reflect that knowledge during the interview.”
2. Practice makes perfect.
Prepare answers to key interview questions you’re likely to be asked. Compare the job requirements with your resume. Are any past projects, training or accomplishments relevant to the new job? If so, be prepared to talk about them.
“This kind of preparation will ensure that your suitability and keenness for the role comes across in the form of concise and composed answers that resonate strongly with the interviewer. This will also demonstrate that you have taken the time to practice your interview technique, so you must care about this opportunity.”
3. Ask questions.
Thoughtful questions show you are interested the role and getting a feel for the company. Use your people skills to establish a rapport with the interviewer. Listen actively and use what you learn to strengthen your answers.
“Having good questions ready says that you want the job enough to think ahead and prepare. Secondly it will demonstrate your curiosity to learn more about the role, the interviewer and the business as a whole.”
4. Make your pitch.
When the Q&A is over, consider giving a one- or two-minute “pitch” to summarize your interest and how you are a good fit for the position.
“This is your last chance to make an impression, so be clear and precise – this may well be how the interview panel remembers you. Make it good.”
5. Follow up.
Send a handwritten thank-you note or email that underscores your enthusiasm and desire for the job. Keep it brief and to the point.
“This is the polite and professional cherry on top of a successful application and interview process.”