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Indeed is not a career or legal advisor and does not guarantee job interviews or offers. Our Best Job Interview Tips Follow these tips throughout your interview process: Start by researching the company and your interviewers. Practice your answers to common interview questions. Re-read the job description. Use the STAR method in answering questions. Recruit a friend to practice answering questions.
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Be prepared with examples of your work. Plan your interview attire the night before. Prepare smart questions for your interviewers. Bring copies of your resume, a notebook and pen. Arrive 15 minutes early to your interview.
Successful Interview Techniques—Knowing How to Answer
Make a great first impression. Treat everyone you encounter with respect. Practice good manners and body language. Win them over with your authenticity and positivity. Respond truthfully to the questions asked. Come to the interview with some intelligent questions for the interviewer that demonstrate your knowledge of the company as well as your serious intent. Interviewers always ask if you have any questions, and no matter what, you should have one or two ready. If you say, "No, not really," he or she may conclude that you're not all that interested in the job or the company.
A good all-purpose question is, "If you could design the ideal candidate for this position from the ground up, what would he or she be like? If you're having a series of interviews with the same company, you can use some of your prepared questions with each person you meet for example, "What do you think is the best thing about working here?
Practice, practice, practice. It's one thing to come prepared with a mental answer to a question like, "Why should we hire you? The first time you try it, you'll sound garbled and confused, no matter how clear your thoughts are in your own mind! Do it another 10 times, and you'll sound a lot smoother and more articulate. But you shouldn't do your practicing when you're "on stage" with a recruiter; rehearse before you go to the interview.
The best way to rehearse? Get two friends and practice interviewing each other in a "round robin": one person acts as the observer and the "interviewee" gets feedback from both the observer and the "interviewer.
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Another idea but definitely second-best is to tape record your answer and then play it back to see where you need to improve. Whatever you do, make sure your practice consists of speaking aloud. Rehearsing your answer in your mind won't cut it. Score a success in the first five minutes. Some studies indicate that interviewers make up their minds about candidates in the first five minutes of the interview — and then spend the rest of the interview looking for things to confirm that decision! So what can you do in those five minutes to get through the gate? Come in with energy and enthusiasm, and express your appreciation for the interviewer's time.
Remember: She may be seeing a lot of other candidates that day and may be tired from the flight in. So bring in that energy! Also, start off with a positive comment about the company — something like, "I've really been looking forward to this meeting [not "interview"]. I think [the company] is doing great work in [a particular field or project], and I'm really excited by the prospect of being able to contribute. Get on the same side as the interviewer.
Interview Advice That Will Help You Get a Job Offer
Many interviewers view job interviews as adversarial: Candidates are going to try to pry an offer out of the interviewer, and the interviewer's job is to hold onto it. Your job is to transform this "tug of war" into a relationship in which you're both on the same side. You could say something as simple as, "I'm happy to have the chance to learn more about your company and to let you learn more about me, so we can see if this is going to be a good match or not. I always think that the worst thing that can happen is to be hired into a job that's wrong for you — then nobody's happy! Be assertive and take responsibility for the interview.
Perhaps out of the effort to be polite, some usually assertive candidates become overly passive during job interviews.
But politeness doesn't equal passivity. Don't make the mistake of just sitting there waiting for the interviewer to ask you about that Nobel Prize you won. It's your responsibility to make sure he walks away knowing your key selling points. Be ready to handle illegal and inappropriate questions. Interview questions about your race, age, gender, religion, marital status, and sexual orientation are inappropriate and in many areas illegal.
Nevertheless, you may get one or more of them. If you do, you have a couple of options.
You can simply answer with a question "I'm not sure how that's relevant to my application" , or you can try to answer "the question behind the question": "I don't know whether I'll decide to have children in the near future, but if you're wondering if I'll be leaving my job for an extended period of time, I can say that I'm very committed to my career and frankly can't imagine giving it up. Make your selling points clear. If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound? More important, if you communicate your selling points during a job interview and the interviewer doesn't get it, did you score?
On this question, the answer is clear: No! So don't bury your selling points in long-winded stories. Instead, tell the interviewer what your selling point is first, then give the example. Think positive. No one likes a complainer, so don't dwell on negative experiences during an interview.
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Even if the interviewer asks you point blank, "What courses have you liked least? Or more specifically, don't answer it as it's been asked. Instead, say something like, "Well, actually I've found something about all of my classes that I've liked. For example, although I found [class] to be very tough, I liked the fact that [positive point about the class]" or "I liked [a previous job] quite a bit, although now I know that I really want to [new job]. Close on a positive note.
If a salesman came to you and demonstrated his product, then thanked you for your time and walked out the door, what did he do wrong? He didn't ask you to buy it! If you get to the end of an interview and think you'd really like that job, ask for it! Tell the interviewer that you'd really, really like the job — that you were excited about it before the interview and are even more excited now, and that you're convinced you'd like to work there.
If there are two equally good candidates at the end of the search — you and someone else — the interviewer will think you're more likely to accept the offer, and thus may be more inclined to make an offer to you. Even better, take what you've learned about yourself from your MyPath career assessment and use it to explain why you think this is the job for you: "I've done some careful career self-assessment, and I know that I'm most interested in [one or two of your most important career interest themes], and — correct me if I'm wrong — it seems that this position would allow me to express those interests.
I also know that I'm most motivated by [two or three of your most important motivators from your MyPath assessment], and I have the sense that if I do well, I could get those rewards in this position. Finally, I know that my strongest abilities are [two or three of your strongest abilities from your MyPath assessment], and I see those as being the abilities you most need for this position.
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You'll be making the strongest possible "close" — and that's worth a lot! Bring a copy of your resume to every interview. Have a copy of your resume with you when you go to every interview.