Gold Coast Schools prepares thousands of Floridians for successful careers in real estate, insurance, and construction.  While our courses focus on teaching the information needed to achieve your license, this article provides useful tips for a successful job interview with potential employers in any industry.

1.       Relax and take a deep breath.

Remember, the employer most likely already has an interest in you or else you wouldn’t have been given the opportunity to have the initial interview.  While the interview process can be nerve racking, take a deep breath and stay calm.  This will enable you to speak clearly and concisely when answering questions and talking about your experience.

2.       Do your research.

You can find out almost anything about a company by visiting their website, logging on to their social networks, or running a simple search online.  Use this information to learn about who the company is, what the company does, and to get a feel for the type of culture that they have.

Most employers will hire someone that they feel is a good fit for their organization over someone who is more qualified but is not likely to assimilate into the company culture. By doing your research you will have a better understanding how the company operates and can benefit from your skills.

3.       Dress professionally.

This may seem obvious, but you can never be over dressed for a job interview.  Even if the work attire is as casual as jeans and a polo shirt, show up to the interview in business professional attire.  Your first impression will be a lasting one, so make it count.

4.       Be on time.

If you can’t make it on time to the interview, how will you make it on time to work?  At least that is what your potential employer will be thinking if you show up late.

5.       Ask questions.

Asking questions shows that you are engaged and truly interested in various aspects of the company.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the things that you are interested in for example, “Can you tell me more about how the company handles new leads from customers as they come in?”

By being proactive, you engage the employer in a two-way conversation.  People remember conversations that they had far more than they remember the things that they were told.  Rather than just telling the employer everything about yourself, by letting them learn about you through a conversation they are far more likely to remember you when it comes time to make that important hiring decision.