The best interview tips: What to do so you totally land the job
Your resume made it past the first round and you’ve got an interview. Once you’re done celebrating, now it’s time to get ready. It’s tough to get those nerves under control, but if you give yourself enough prep you’ll do great. We’ve rounded up the best interview tips so you blow your competition away and absolutely nail it.
Research, research, research
Do a deep dive into the company you’re interviewing for. Your first stop should be the company’s “About Us” page on their website. Try to understand what your position would be within the business and how to tailor your experience to your job. It’s totally okay if you’re just starting out and don’t have that many professional jobs if any. If it’s your first internship or job, your interviewers won’t expect years of knowledge. It’s all about how you can cater your experience and activities to the role you’re trying to fill.
Know every inch of your resume
You should pretty much have your resume memorized so you can run through your experience in each position without really looking at. It shows you’re prepared and professional. Don’t spend too long on any one job, just give a basic explanation of your duties. If the interviewers want you to elaborate, they’ll ask. Make sure you have a few printed up copies of your resume with you. Your interviewer normally will have one with them, but if they don’t you’ll professional and prepared.
Rehearse your answers
There’s some questions you just have to assume you’re going to be asked. The resume rundown, “why do you want to work here,” and “what do you think you’d bring to this position,” are some classics that you should have answers ready to go. Obviously, you want come across as professional, but don’t memorize an answer word-for-word. You want to show off your personality and rework your answer to best suit the company culture.
Have questions ready
At the end of the interview, you will get asked if you have any questions. You might be tempted to say, “no” but don’t. You should have some basic inquiries thought of ahead of time. Some standards are:
– What qualities are you looking for in this position?
– What would my day-to-day routine look like?
– What do you think the hardest part of this job would be? How would you recommend overcoming it?
Get that snazzy outfit ready
You should be able to figure out the dress code of the company through your research. Take a look in your closet and plan your interview ensemble accordingly. If you don’t think you’ve got something that works, it might be worth buying a new outfit, especially if you’ve got more than one interview on the books. Also, don’t wear perfume or cologne. If you’re interviewer is allergic to something in it or just finds the scent overwhelming, they won’t remember a thing you said no matter how eloquent you were.
Plan your route in advance
Take a look at how you would get to your interview and how long the trip will be. Always give yourself time for traffic, public transport delays, and getting lost. It’s always better to not have to sprint in order to get there on time.
Don’t get there super early
You might think getting to your interview early is a good thing, but don’t do it. Your interviewer will have other things going on throughout the day and has you scheduled for a certain time. If you show up early, it could be an annoyance and make them rush through what they had planned before speaking with you. Your best bet if you get there with time to spare is find a coffee shop nearby to hang out in. We’d say give yourself five minutes to go through secruity if the building has it and to arrive at the proper floor.
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