5 Job Interview Tips for Professionals
It sounds cliché, but when it comes to job interviews, practice makes perfect. It’s a cycle: first, you’re excited about the opportunity to show off your skillset. Then, nerves start to kick in. Interviews are stressful for most people because they fear the unknown. What if you’re put on the spot and can’t answer the question?
Preparation is the key!
The good news is, if you want to, you can prepare for just about anything. Practice and repetition help boost your confidence. Plus, look on the bright side: If you read through and implement our resume tips, then you’re already far ahead of most potential candidates.
In this article, we’ve put together our top five job interview tips for professionals. Study this list, and put in the work. This way, if a question catches you off guard, you’ll be much calmer and level-headed as you come up with the perfect answer!
To get ready to rock your upcoming interview and hopefully celebrate starting your new job, try these five interview tips on for size:
1) Read all about it! (The company, that is)
It’s always best to go into the interview with a clear understanding of the company, what it does, its values, and what the job will entail as listed in the job description. This way, as the interviewer provides information, you won’t be walking in blind.
2) Review key interview questions
By Googling common interview questions, you can find dozens of smart ways to answer just about anything, even the dreaded, “So, tell me about yourself.” For most hiring managers, time is short, so they may decide not to ask you a question similar to: “If you were stranded on a deserted island…” but will likely only ask questions that pertain directly to the job and your ability to perform it. Also, be prepared to answer any questions about your social media presence.
3) Prepare 3-5 good questions
Read: you should ALWAYS ask questions during your interview. Some of them may be answered as the interviewer is talking, but others may not. Since the interview process is your time to decide if the job is right for you, ask questions like:
- Why did the previous person resign from this job?
- How many people are in the running?
- What other questions can I answer to help you decide if I’m the right fit?
- What skills do I need to excel at this job?
4) Take a dry run
You can never predict traffic congestion on the day of your interview and want to be on time. Use a mapping app and figure out how long it will take you, then tack on an extra 30 minutes to be safe. Travel to the location a day or so ahead of time, so you feel comfortable with the route. First impressions are critical to winning over a prospective employer. Make sure you’re not strolling into the interview 5 minutes late.
5) Look sharp
Showcase your professionalism by making sure your appearance is top notch. Dress the part of the job: seasonally appropriate suit, or dress shirt and dress pants (or skirt for women). Be sure your shoes are in good shape, your hair is clean and not over-styled (it’s an interview, not a runway!) and keep makeup, fragrance, and jewelry to a minimum.
Practice with friends or family
Searching for jobs can be difficult, and the interview process can add to that stress. Practice makes perfect. Run through interview questions and answers with a friend or family member. It also helps to run through your answers in the shower or in front of a mirror as you get ready. It may not seem like it, but practice helps cement your words so you’ll be ready to deliver!
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