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Tips For Interview Success

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Finding a job can almost feel like a job itself. Updating your resume and filling out applications can be stressful enough. But that’s usually the easy part compared to what comes next: the interview.

A good interview can start the next chapter in your life, but a bad one can cut your search short.

Check out these tips to ensure that your next interview leads you to your next career.

Research

  • Learn what you can about the company to ensure that it’ll be the right fit for you and that you’d be a good fit for them.
  • Find out who you will be interviewing with and who your potential supervisor will be.
  • Make a “test” trip to the job site beforehand to ensure you’ll be able to make it to the interview on time and to imagine what your average commute may be like.

Prepare

  • Dress appropriately. Make sure you arrive dressed how you would if you had the job. Learn the work site’s dress code beforehand.
  • Bring multiple copies of your resume, references, and/or portfolio as well as a few pens and something to take notes on.
  • Switch off your cellphone and other electronic devices before entering.
  • Try not to smoke right before the interview. If possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash beforehand. Spit out any gum before the interview.

Practice

  • Look up common interview questions. Sit down with a friend and have them ask you those questions.
  • Don’t memorize answers, but formulate your thoughts and develop talking points.
  • Prepare to give anecdotal, story-based answers instead of short, one-word answers.

Engage

  • Make small talk with the interviewer, try to get to know them as a person and give them a chance to get to know you.
  • Ask insightful questions about the company to show that you are legitimately interested in the job and have done your research.
  • Thank your interviewer in person before leaving, and the follow up by phone or email.

Confidence

  • Stand tall and proud. Make firm handshakes. Wear clothes that fit and are comfortable.
  • Remind yourself that, no matter what anyone else says, you have value. You are worth it.
  • Don’t try to convince the interviewer that you are the best candidate. Convince them that you are the only candidate.

While research, practice, preparation, and more can help you have a good interview, the only thing that can truly guarantee a great interview is effort. Apply these tips and work hard toward your goals to finally land that dream job.


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