If you’re anything like me, interviews can be a really nerve racking experience. All eyes are on you, watching your every move! Yikes. It can be scary, so I’ve complied my list of best interview tips to remember when preparing for an interview:
Make sure before heading into a job interview you’ve thoroughly researched the company that you’re looking to work for. Nothing can help you be better prepared than really understanding the company and the job expectations. It will help you understand what you need to bring to the table and give you a better idea of how to respond to any interview questions that they throw at you.
Be what they need
Take the time before the interview to think about any relevant experience that you have that could help you in the job. Practice your answers to some common interview questions and figure out how you would link your relevant experiences to you answers. What experiences do you have that would make you a valuable asset to the company? Make sure you highlight them in your answers.
I’ve written an entire separate blog post related to pretending to exude confidence even when you don’t. But the bottom line is that when you’re in an interview it’s super important to give the impression that you know what you’re doing!
Some simple little hacks to boost your air of confidence lie in you're body language:
· Stand/ sit up straight: confidence and authority is reflected in our posture
· Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake
· Make eye contact
· Smile and show them that you’re excited to be there, and enthusiastic about the position.
All of these little things tell an employer that you are confident and ready for the challenge!
Don’t be afraid to bring something different to the table and let some of your personality shine through. If you’re asked a personal question, such as what activities you like to do in your free time, or asked about a unique experience you’ve had, take that as an opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd. Ultimately the person that stands out is the one that will get the job.
Have a game plan
If you’re like me and your nerves tend to get the best of you, a great idea is to make sure that you have a game plan laid out for interview day. Are you dressing business formal, or is it a more casual interview? Pick out your outfit the day before so that you don’t have to waste your time in the morning figuring out what to wear. Gather any information or documents you need for the interview, such as a copy of your resume, a list of references, or your portfolio. Do this ahead of time so that you don’t forget anything when you’re rushing to go, or encounter any unexpected printer problems on your way out the door that could cause you to run late.
Often times at the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask
you if you have any specific questions
for them. Prepare some of your own questions ahead of time to ask the
interviewer. It shows that you’re, engaged, and interested which will
ultimately give you a better chance of being hired!
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