Interview Tips


Interviews are never easy, but it’s the only way the company you’re interested in to get a better understanding of what you are capable of. Interview jitters are normal, but the only way to overcome them is to practice. Practicing interview questions may not, completely, alleviate your interview jitters, but it will help you get ready for that big moment, the offer. So lets begin!

Step 1: Practice

Practice answering questions that interviewers typically ask. In most cases, follow up your answers with good examples that relate to the questions being asked. While answering your interview questions, make sure your answers highlight your strengths. The goal to answering questions this way, allows the interview to make the connection between you and the organization.

Not only should you practice your responses to the typical questions being asked, but you should also practice relevant questions to ask the interviewer. Asking relevant questions indicates to the interviewer you are interested in the positions and in the company, and it separates you from the rest of the pack.

Step 2: Research

“What do you know about our company?” one of the most common interview questions asked. By doing your research into the company, your responses to this and other questions would not catch you off guard. Know the interviewers name and position held within the company, and use the information throughout the job interview. If you are unsure of the interviewers name, call beforehand to get it. When answering questions, try and relate your answers to what you know about the company.

Step 3: Get Ready

What to wear says a lot about you, and this is the one area where some interviewees fail. Your interview attire must be neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm and job description you are interviewing for. You must also bring a portfolio with copies of your resume including a pen and paper for note taking.

Step 4: Be On Time

Do you know how important punctuality is? It is best to drive to the interview location the night before, timing how long it will take you. The day of the interview, you should be at least five to fifteen minutes early. However, do not arrive too early. Any more than fifteen minutes may show desperation, and over eagerness, which may reflect negatively on you.

Step 5: Stay Calm

Interviewers are never easy. You need to remember to relax during the interview, it is extremely important. Take a moment to regroup yourself. Eye contact is important, so try to maintain adequate eye contact. Shake everyone’s hand that is sitting in the interview with you. Get their names, and if they have their business cards, get those as well. Getting their business cards will help you in the final step. Remember to pay attention during the interview. Paying attention and listen to the questions being asked, which will prevent you from asking the interviewer to repeat his/herself. Doing so, will not only be embarrassing, but may hurt your chances to get the job.

Step 6: Follow up

Within 24 hours of your interview, follow up with a thank you letter. Your letter should reiterate your interest in the position, and briefly recap the interview. You must send a thank you letter to everyone who you interviewed with.

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