Preparing for an interview
Congratulations, you’ve landed a job interview! Now, it’s time to prepare so you can nail it and land the job. Here are some tips to help you get ready:
Research the company: Make sure you know everything you can about the company before the interview. Check out their website, social media pages, and any news articles about them. This will not only help you answer questions about the company, but it will also show the interviewer that you’re interested and invested in the position.
Practice answering common interview questions: There are some questions that you’re likely to be asked in almost every job interview. These include questions about your strengths and weaknesses, why you’re interested in the position, and what you can bring to the table. Take some time to think about how you would answer these questions and practice saying them out loud. This will help you feel more confident and prepared during the interview.
Dress to impress (even on a video interview): First impressions are everything, so make sure you dress appropriately for the interview. If you’re not sure what to wear, it’s better to err on the side of caution, avold loud or distracting clothing and dress more formally than you think is necessary.
Be on time: This one may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Make sure you know exactly where the interview is and how long it will take you to get there. Aim to arrive at least 5-10 minutes early so you have time to collect your thoughts and calm your nerves. If the interview is via video check your tech and be online early.
Have a notebook, pen and your resume handy: Take notes and jot down any important information. If your interview is via video, tell the interviewers that’s what you’re doing when you look away from the screen. Use your resume for reference but don’t read from it.
Be aware of your surroundings: For video interviews make sure you’re in a quiet location, put your phone out of reach and make sure there is good lighting and a neutral background so that the interviewer can focus on you.
Check your technology: Make sure you have all the necessary equipment and software to participate in the virtual interview. Test your internet connection, camera, and microphone ahead of time to avoid any technical issues.
Test your audio and video: Test your audio and video ahead of time to ensure that everything is working properly. Make sure you speak clearly and at a reasonable volume so that the interviewer can hear you.
Practice your body language: Your body language can speak volumes during an interview. Make sure you sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and avoid fidgeting or slouching. Be relaxed and enjoy the conversation.
Most importantly, be yourself: During the interview, it’s important to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or give answers that you think the interviewer wants to hear. Instead, be honest and authentic. This will not only help you feel more comfortable, but it will also give the interviewer a better sense of who you are as a person
By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for both face-to-face and virtual interviews. Good luck!
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