Navigating a job interview can be stressful and challenging. However, the key to a successful interview is confidence, positivity and, most importantly, proper preparation. Here are our top 4 job interview tips:
Review the company website and social media accounts to understand the history and culture of the organization. It is essential to learn the company's background so you can demonstrate your knowledge of the industry. When answering your interviewer's questions, you'll be able to relate your experience and insight to the company. It's always a good idea to create a list of your own questions at this time, to demonstrate your genuine interest and enthusiasm during the interview.
Standard interview attire is business casual and selecting what you will wear the night before will help with your job interview anxiety. Ensure you dress appropriately for the type of company you are interviewing with and be mindful of scent-free environments. Allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at the interview location and be approximately 5-10 minutes early. Bring extra copies of your resume, references, a notepad and pen and, most importantly, leave your cell phone off.
Be polite, personable and always know how to pronounce the interviewer's name. Remember to stay calm and take some time to formulate your answers or ask for clarification before you speak. Your responses should be concise and to the point and never assume the interviewer knows how to elicit the information he or she is looking for.
It is sometimes difficult to know exactly how to answer questions about your experience and how it relates to the role. The recommended method we suggest for answering questions is the STAR method:
S: Explain the situation (give a specific example)
T: Tell them about the task related to the situation
A: What action was taken?
R: What was the result or outcome?
Asking questions is just as important as answering them. Be sure to ask the hiring manager questions related to the role and the company so you can ensure this job is the right fit for you.
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