You receive a call that you’re interviewing for your dream job! Woohoo! Now what?
If you’re not sure how to prepare for an interview, we have you covered. There’s a lot to know before walking into your first interview. And in this article, I aim to equip you with important information that will help you crush your interview and build your confidence. Are you ready?
Do Your Research:
First things first, do your homework. What’s the company about? Who is conducting your interview? Can you look them up on LinkedIn? Make sure you go to the interview with research on the company and the work they do. Bring up some of their past projects in your answers. It shows them your dedication, interest, and ability to research. It also shows your interviewer that you want the job and are willing to go above and beyond expectations.
Make a list of questions they might ask and practice answering them. It will help you feel more confident when you’re interviewing for the job. Some commonly asked questions include, but are most certainly not limited to:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are some of your strengths? Weaknesses?
- How would you handle a difficult customer/client?
- Have you ever encountered a problem at work and how did you overcome it?
And so many more. When it comes to answering interview questions, check out Tips, Tricks, and Hacks from a VICE Recruiter.
Plan your outfit well beforehand so your clothes stay clean. Never wear jeans to an interview, especially for an office job. Business-attire only when interviewing. If you need guidance on business-appropriate clothing, Pinterest has plenty of examples. Typically, you would wear dress pants, a classy shirt, and dress shoes. Consider a nice jacket or blazer on top, depending on the weather.
I do not mean kick off your shoes, put your feet on the table, and slouch. What I mean by getting comfortable is that you shouldn’t let your nerves get the best of you. You don’t want to come across as indifferent because you’re nervous. So, take a few deep breaths. Shake off your jitters before you meet the interviewer and show them how happy you are to be there.
Your interviewer is someone you are trying to impress because they decide whether or not you will be hired. It should go without saying, but mind your manners and don’t overstep any lines. Be cautious about your choice of words and examples. This person is not your friend. They determine your future with the company.
Listen. Seriously, Listen:
What is your interviewer really asking? Your answers can tell the interviewer how you would handle issues at work. Additionally, these questions may be concealed or asked bluntly; it’s your job to convince the interviewer that you will professionally and successfully handle these problems. You are proving to them that you will be an asset to their company, so make sure you answer what they are asking you.
Silences are okay. You don’t always need to fill the air with your voice and never cut off your interviewer. Wait for them to finish their question, comment, summary, whathaveyou, and then proceed to talk.
It’s Okay To Not Know Everything:
Your interviewer is well-versed in topics pertaining to the company. They probably know more than you do, so if there’s something you genuinely don’t know, it’s okay to admit it. You can always add that you’re willing to learn. But lying about knowing something may lead the interviewer to ask questions about that topic—when you don’t have any answers—and that does not bode well.
Have questions prepared for the end of the interview and avoid questions that can be answered with one word. Conversations are good, so keep it flowing in the right direction. Make your questions open-ended so the interviewer can actually offer you a sense of what it might be like working there.
As long as you prepare, the art of interviewing is not as nerve-wracking as it seems. Now, get out there and land your dream job. You’re going to be great!
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