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So you’ve started submitting applications and your resume is getting some hits. Now you’re hearing from companies to schedule interviews. Don’t be nervous!
Interviews allow employers an opportunity to analyze candidate experiences, skills and professional background. Many companies know they are interested in hiring you as an employee once they’ve see your resume; interviews help seal the deal!
Keep reading to discover how to perfect your next interview in all areas – including the pre-interview, on-interview, and post-interview stages.
1. Conduct comprehensive research. “Research details about the company, including its history, values, mission statement, and news in the press. You can check this info on the company’s website, Glassdoor, Google, and Crunchbase. You should also read the company’s blog to get a sense of their tone of voice. Doing these will give you ample info to answer your interview questions in a way that proves you know the company well enough to work with them.”
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2. Network. “Look up current employees at the company with similar roles or former employees. Send them personalized LinkedIn requests and ask them if they’d be willing to share their story and interview experience. Through their stories, you’ll be able to identify a pattern and prepare adequately to ace the interview.”
3. Prepare a list of questions. “Towards the end of your interview, your interviewer will most likely open to questions from you. Having a list of questions prepared demonstrates you as an interested and passionate candidate.”
4. Prepare an answer for the notorious “what is your biggest weakness?” “To avoid being thrown away by this question, think of something you’re not good at but are seeking to improve. For example, maybe you’ve never been excellent at teamwork, but over the years, you’ve been taking on volunteering roles that mandate you to collaborate with others, strengthening your teamwork skills in the process. Look up the common interview questions and have an answer for each of them. You can easily find common interview questions lurking on the internet. Sketch your answers for each question in a notepad and get familiar with them. You can refer back to your jottings on the interview day itself. Do a series of mock interviews in addition. Identify someone in your circle who has experience conducting interviews (or can), then reach out to them to ask you a series of questions relating to your role. At the end of each mock interview, ask for feedback on your performance and constantly repeat the interviews until you have better control.”
5. Test your technology. “If you’re prepping for a virtual interview, test your setup using the platform, internet connection, and hardware you’ll use during the interview. You can also have a friend video chat with you to ensure the video quality is clear and your voice is audible. If you’re not familiar with the program, take time to get familiarized with it.”
6. Don’t discard the pre-interview small talk. “While it might seem insignificant, an idle chit-chat with your interviewer can leave a lasting positive impression on your interviewer.”
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7. Take notes. “This displays high engagement on your part and might prove useful as you can use your jottings as a reference after your interviewer completes his questions.”
8. Be confident. “Maintain eye contact, avoid speaking in a monotone, and smile at your interviewer. You want whoever is interviewing you to see you for both your skills and your personality.”
9. Appreciate your interviewer. “Once the interview is over, send a thank you note to your interviewer. If possible, go the extra mile of sending a handwritten note. However, if you can’t find an address, be sure to include what you enjoyed about your interview. These personal touches make you memorable as a candidate.”
10. Follow up. “If the interviewer said they would get back to you at a certain time, don’t be afraid to send a gentle reminder. This doesn’t make you seem desperate as you might fear. Rather, it depicts you as a candidate very much interested in the role.”
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