Preparing for a job interview can be overwhelming even for the most experienced interviewee. The best way to stay calm and walk into your interview with confidence is to practice and prep as much as you can beforehand. Read our tips below to help you ace your next job interview.
It’s never a good sign when an interviewee shows up for a job interview and knows nothing about the company or industry. Be sure to do your research before your interview to help show you're interested and knowledgeable about the company and position. Showing your enthusiasm for an aspect of the company that you admire is a great way to make a positive impression. Doing your research will help ensure that you will be knowledgeable and engaged during your job interview.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
Go over your skillsets and determine the areas where you excel and where you could use some more experience or training. Be honest with yourself and then create a plan for how you will get more training for a skill that needs improvement. Never exaggerate your skills on your resumé or during a job interview. Be truthful if you need more training for a skill the job requires. Need more tips you can use during your job interview? Check out our Guide to Successful Job Hunting.
Read Commonly Asked Interview Questions
You can never really know for sure what questions the interviewer is going to ask you, but you can at least practice answering some of the most commonly asked ones. Find a list of commonly asked interview questions and practice answering them. It may seem silly at first, but saying your answers out loud will help you feel more comfortable if asked a particular question during the interview.
Be Prepared to Ask Questions
For the majority of your job interview, you will be the one who has to answer questions. It’s common for the interviewer to give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have at the end of the interview. Be prepared and have questions ready before you go. You want to be inquisitive about the position you're interviewing for and the company you may end up working at. Avoid asking questions about specific benefits you could receive if hired. It’s not the appropriate time to get into it. Asking an important question will help show that you’re engaged during the interview process and excited about the job opportunity, leaving a lasting impression on the interviewer.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Look over your resumé a few times and practice talking about the projects you’ve worked on. This will help you prepare for any questions that might pop up about relevant experience related to the position you're applying for. Be sure to elaborate on the value the projects you worked on provided. For example, did you help create a new process that saves the organization time? Focusing on the value you helped to create on past projects will help make a big impact on the interviewer, and hopefully a positive impact on their final hiring decision.
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