Interview tips to get you hired

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Interview tips to get you hired

Interview tips to get you hired

You’ve managed to make it past the first hurdle and you now have your job interview scheduled. Even when you have gone to hundreds of interviews, it never seems to get any easier. With each interview, you are meeting new people, selling yourself, and forced to stay enthusiastic through it all. This can be a challenge, especially when you’re interviewing for a job you would love to be hired for.

There are ways to make an interview less stressful. An hour of preparation can go a long way. The more time you take in advance to get ready, the more comfortable you’ll feel during the interview. Just remember, a job interview is not an exam: you don’t need to prepare for extended periods of time per day.

It’s time for some advance preparation:

  • Research the company:
    Use the company’s website and social media to understand the company’s goals and how that makes you a great fit.
  • Practice your answers to common questions:
    “Tell me about yourself” and “why do you want to work with us?” The idea is to communicate who you are and what you can do quickly; it’s an elevator pitch.
  • Re-read the job description:
    Look at the specific skills the employer is after and think about your past experiences that apply to these requirements.
  • Ask a friend to help practice answering questions:
    Practicing your answers out loud is one of the best ways to prepare for an interview as you can review your speaking pace, answers, and you friend can provide pointers.
  • Plan your outfit the night before:
    Ask if there is a dress code and dress appropriately but if you cannot get in contact with the recruiter, dress formal.
  • Prepare questions for the interviewers:
    Employers expect you to ask questions. Consider asking questions about the day to day responsibilities, challenges of the position, and how performance would be measured.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early:
    Check the route you’re taking to the interview and leave more than enough time to arrive on time. Use the extra time to observe the workplace.
  • Treat everyone you meet with respect:
    This includes people you see on the street as well as the front desk. Imagine everyone is the hiring manager.
  • Practice good manners and body language:
    Sit or stand tall, look confident, and use an appropriate amount of eye contact.
  • Relate your answers back to your skills and accomplishments:
    And how this ties into the listed requirements.
  • Keep your answers short and focused:
    The interviewer’s time is limited, don’t ramble.
  • Do not speak negatively about previous employers:
    Talk about what experiences and skills you’ve gained from your previous job and what you want to do next.
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