There are various methods of interviewing. Once you get the hang of a style you are comfortable with, stick to it. The key is to practice.
Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Know the background of the company you are interviewing for. Step into that interview room knowing your shit to leave a good impression. Know the mission statement, what the company is about and what they do.
- Know your resume. Last year I had an interview where the interviewers asked me to go through my full resume. It is important to know what is on your resume in case you get asked.
- When asked “tell us about yourself”, do not recite your resume. Consider this question to be like a cover letter. Customize this answer to compliment the position you are interviewing for by point out skills and strengths that apply to the company.
- Biggest weakness should be something that you have improved on or something you are working on improving.
- Remember professional achievements when applying for career jobs. Be confident in your achievements to elaborate and share when asked.
- If asked about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, make sure to provide an example that you were able to solve the problem on your own.
- Speak clearly.
- I’ve been on a few interviews where I was asked to describe situations such as; a time you disagreed with your boss, what do you do in stressful situations, how do you handle a challenge, and to give an example of when you worked in a team. When answering all of these questions make sure that you are detailed. The answers should be short, simple, and have a solution.
- Ask questions at the end of the interview.
- Dress professionally.
- Be confident and secure. Know your shit. Remeber, you got this.
I hope this post helps those interviewing. I’m not a professional interviewer whatsoever. These are principles I apply to my interviews.