Preparing for an Interview

Interviewing can seem to be a daunting task. Simplify interviews by breaking the process down into preparation, execution, and follow-up. This article will focus on preparing for an interview.

  1. First and foremost, practice your answer to the commonly asked “Tell me about yourself” question.
  2. One key element is to memorize what is on your resume so you can be prepared to answer any questions an employer may ask regarding what you wrote.
  3. Additionally, it’s vital to have a crisp summary of your past roles or academic accomplishments. What did you do, learn, and achieve? Arm yourself with the right descriptors for these experiences. You can learn more about describing those roles here.
  4. Research the company you are interviewing with and prepare questions. An employer will be impressed to hear you have done the research and you are showing a deep interest in the company.
  5. Research the hiring manager, or whoever you will be interviewing with. You can find their past experiences on LinkedIn and think about ways you can relate to them in your conversation. For example, you both have volunteered at the same organization.
  6. Now, let’s talk about attire. Opt for professional outfits that instill confidence and ensure you appear polished. Remember, first impressions last.
  7. You must not overlook the technical aspects. Double-check that your camera and audio work impeccably both before and at the interview. Also, scan your background. Keep it simple and non-distracting. After all, you deserve the spotlight, not your surroundings.

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