Tips For A Successful Interview

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On the job hunt? You’re not alone, so it pays to do whatever you can to stand out during the interview process. Whenever you have a job interview coming up, take these steps to be prepared.

Do Your Research

As you search for jobs, you might find roles with duties and requirements that sound great to you, but it’s also important to look into the company before the interview. Check out the company on social media to see how it presents itself, and look it up on sites that feature employee reviews as well to see what present or past employees think of their experience there. If you already know someone who works there, don’t hesitate to ask them for the insider’s perspective on company culture.

Prep Your Responses

While every job interview is different, there are some common questions that are very likely to come up. The interviewer may want to know why you’re interested in the job, and they’re naturally looking for an answer that goes beyond the obvious need for employment and income. That question is meant to explore what you believe makes this job and company a good fit for you. They might ask about your experience, strengths, and where you see yourself in a few years. They could also like to know how you handle conflict or disagreement at work. Have a few examples from your career to illustrate your answers.

Have an Answer for the “Weakness” Question

One of the most common and even infamous job interview questions is the classic “What is your weakness?” To answer this question successfully, don’t be hard on yourself. Think beforehand to identify an issue that still shows something positive about you. It could be too much focus on the details, difficulty with work-life balance, or reluctance to say “no” to every request that comes your way. Be sure to show that you also make an effort to address the weakness in a way that’s constructive and resourceful.

Be Yourself

As much as you should prepare and remain professional, it’s important to be yourself as well. Trying to be anyone other than your professional self will feel like putting on an act, and that might become distracting while you’re coming up with authentic answers about your experience and career.

Follow Up Promptly

When the meeting is over, remember to send your interviewer a message thanking them for their time. The message doesn’t have to be long or detailed, but making the effort to show your gratitude and enthusiasm for the role can make a positive impression.

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