Congrats! You scored the interview of your dreams. Are you prepared? It’s time to get serious about landing the job, and there can be a lot of things to think about. Use our 5 tips to not just win at interviewing, but to make this experience positive and successful!
5 Ways to Win at Interviewing:
Research the organization. Look on their website, google them, and find their social media accounts. Find out as much as you can about the organization, what they do and who they serve. Understand the job qualifications, and if you have a list of names of the people you will be interviewing with, learn about them and their role.
Prepare responses to questions they may ask. Anticipate what a potential employer may ask you based on the job description. You should also think about the statement you’ll use if you need some time to think before giving an answer. If you don’t understand a question, it’s ok to ask the interviewer to rephrase it or provide clarity. This may mean the difference between providing a great answer or a mediocre one.
Plan ahead and make sure you are on time. Make sure you know where you’re going and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Consider the time of day and what traffic may look like. You may even want to drive by the spot of the interview the day before to ensure you know where it is. As far as an “ideal” time to arrive, we usually suggest seven minutes prior to your scheduled time.
Plan what to wear and bring with you. As you think about your outfit for the interview, always air on the side of dressing up more (even in a casual interview). It shows you are taking this meeting seriously and want to present your best self. Make sure to print off at least five copies of your resume, and if you have a portfolio, make sure it’s assembled and ready to present.
Brush up on body language. Do a mock interview in the mirror or with a friend. Pay close attention to your body language and what it might be saying to the interviewer. Some key things to consider include eye contact, a firm handshake and your posture. You want to look comfortable and engaged in the conversation.
Make sure you are fully prepared for the interview before you walk into their office. Try to relax and most importantly, be yourself.
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