Don’t allow yourself to become overly confident and assume you’ve landed the job the moment you walk through the front door. There is no guarantee that you’ll be receiving an offer. All you can do is put your best foot forward by making the necessary preparations.
Here are some tips to help:
Use your network. Of courseyou’ll need to research the company you are applying for before drafting a cover letter. However, searching the company online is not enough. You have to dig deeper by finding someone who is or has been employed with that company.
Set up an appointment with them if possible and find out more about the company, including the company culture and the employee or employees’ overall experience during their time there.
Use what you learn. Your research should be used effectively — throwing out random statements during the interview will make it obvious that you’re unprepared.
Instead, ask some questions that demonstrate that you have delved further into the company’s background. Show your interest, and that you are willing to find out even more. Feel free to share that you’ve talked to some people working for the company, without sharing their names. This is a great way for you to show how serious you are in filling the position available.
Ask questions. Feel free to ask questions throughout the interview to show that you are a good listener and can think critically about all the information you’ve received during the interview. And do ask questions — not asking questions can take you off the shortlist in an instant.
Demonstrate your understanding. Let the interviewer know that you understand what it takes to fulfill the position successfully. You can provide examples from your working past that are related to the requirements of the position.
Thank them. Show your gratitude and appreciation before leaving. You can send a quick email within the business day and a handwritten one during the week. However, don’t use the same wording in both letters. Be creative and sincere in both.