HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR INTERVIEW
- By now, you have likely already submitted your resume, but if you haven't, be sure to update it and check for any errors. FUN FACT: The most common mistake made in a resume, is spelling and grammar errors.
- Make sure you know ahead of time who will be conducting your interview and what kind of interview it will be (one-on-one, panel, Skype, etc.)
- Do your research! Find out what you can about the company and the position you're applying for, so that you arrive at your interview prepared.
- Practice your responses to questions. TIP: Record yourself answering questions so that it is easier to observe anything that needs improvement.
- Dress to impress! This one has increasingly become controversial in that some people believe that you shouldn't be judged based on your outfit. While I agree, most employers do consider this an important part of determining whether or not you are a right fit for the job. So for now, make sure you look professional and presentable!
- Plan accordingly. Make sure you have right address of where the interview will be taking place and account for traffic, as well as parking. TIP: Try to arrive 15 minutes early.
- Make extra copies of important documents such as you resume, your CV, a list of references, any certifications, etc. Also ensure that you have both a pen and notepad to take to the interview.
THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW
- As you walk into the building where your interview will take place, you will likely have to check in with the receptionist. Remember to be nice and courteous to everyone you come in contact with. They may be asked about their impression of you later on.
- Make sure you have a firm handshake. This one can be kind of weird, but it's all about body language and if you have a firm handshake, that's usually a good indicator of confidence.
- Make sure to smile, be enthusiastic, and maintain eye contact with everyone who is interviewing you.
- Watch your body language. Make sure you are not slouching, messing with your fingers, shaking your leg, etc.
- Make sure you're prepared with a good elevator pitch or a 60 second commercial about you. The first question usually asked is, "Tell me a little bit about yourself."
- Limit your responses to about 2-3 minutes.
- Make sure you can identify your strengths, weaknesses, and skills that are relevant to the position you're interviewing for.
- Ask questions! This will show them that you are actually interested in the job. Some go to questions are: "What are the next steps in the interviewing process?" and "Tell me more about a typical week in this position."
- Remember to shake everyone's hand and thank them before leaving.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW
- Make sure to send a thank you note or email to all of the interviewers. This really just shows the kind of person you are and makes you stand out.
- Follow up with the interviewers at an appropriate time. They usually tell you when they will follow up with you. If they say they'll follow up in a week, you should wait a few days after that to reach out if they haven't done so already. If they didn't give you a time frame, you should follow up about a week or so from your interview to contact them.
Hopefully this helps you get the job you want and remember that if you don't succeed the first time, try, try again!
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