Thankfully, I suppose, I have interviews scheduled for the next three days. Finally, something has gotten back! Interviews can be quite nerve-wracking, so it’s important to be prepared. If you do your planning and research, you are in good shape to get that job. These tips are imperative to follow if you are currently searching for a new position and hoping to crush your interviews.
Dress the Part: Make sure to look your best before an interview. Wear something simple and professional, but don’t hide your personality.
Practice Beforehand: Find a friend or family member and run a practice interview with them. It is very important to have a run-through beforehand, allowing you to speak as confidently as possible.
Create an “Elevator Pitch”: an elevator pitch is a short speech about why you should be hired. It got its name because you should be able to say it while riding an elevator.
Know your Strengths and Weaknesses: This is an all-too-common question, and getting asked what your greatest weakness is can feel like a trick. Try to choose a weakness that can be spun into a positive. Ensure, as well, that your greatest strength is tailored to the particular position that you are interviewing for.
Use the STAR method: Specific Situation, Task, Action, and Result . This is a way to answer behavior-based questions by providing examples. This allows you to give specific examples of ways you were able to help. If asked about a situation that relates to the role you are applying to, talk about a specific situation from a previous role in which you completed a task related to what you will need to complete in the future. Then tell the employer about the action you did to complete this task, and the result that came from it. This should, of course, be a highly positive result.
Don’t make things up or lie, instead maintain an air of authenticity.
Important: Know the job description and company very closely. Make sure you can explain why you want to work for this specific company and what you are able to do to help them. Be closely in tune with the needs of the company and industry, and connect your skills and training with their needs. You don’t want to show up to the interview without having researched the company or re-read the job description. The employer will assume that you don’t care about the company or position.
Bring a copy of your resume, a portfolio, and a pen with you. It’s best to be prepared, and you typically will need to take down notes.
What are other tips you have for job interviews? Let me know in the comments.