6 answers

How to nail an interview?

Asked Lynchburg, Virginia

What are your best tips for being successful in an interview? I'm in college and thinking about having to start applying for real jobs once I graduate and even for internships etc. and need some help! #interviews #interviewing-skills #interview-preparation

6 answers

Carole’s Answer

Updated Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Be yourself, don't try and be another person, answer the questions honestly, and bring your skills up to them and into the conversation. I know you will do very well if you just put a little time in the research and know who you are and what you want to do!!

Carole recommends the following next steps:

  • Read the interview book suggested above and you will gain a whole lot of knowledge and ideas to use in you interviewing process!

Courtney’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

1) Be Yourself

First, and foremost, it is important to relax and be yourself. Whoever you are interviewing with is a person FIRST and a professional second. The interviewer will want to get a strong sense of who you  are as a person in addition to what you are capable of professionally.

2) Research

Take time to read about the company you are applying to and industry the company is a part of. Really look a the job description and understand what this company is looking for with this hire: skills needed, daily tasks, objective of the job. Ask yourself (and try to answer), how does this job fit with the broader mission of the company?

3) Personalize

Now that you've done your research think about why YOU are the right person for the job. What relevant experience do you have? If you don't have relevant job experience, consider what educational, social, extra-curricular experiences you've had that prepared you to be the best person for the job!

4) Be thoughtful with your answers, provide context

Too often interviewees give short, abbreviated answers. There is a delicate balance of being concise but providing thoughtful answers.

5) THANK - in person and in writing

Sending a note of thanks immediately following your interview is very important. It's a professional courtesy and an opportunity for you leave a lasting impression. Always send a note of thanks!

David R.’s Answer

Understand your strengths and relevant experiences and always tie the conversation back to those key skills: if they ask you about a time where you did X, do not only describe the situation but elaborate what skills you used and how they relate to the job you are interviewing for

Take your time when answering questions: interviewers will always ask you some hard questions, but don't rush! It is much better to take some time to think through and construct the best response instead of rushing to say the first thing that comes to mind

Come prepared with questions about the company and position: Interviewers want to see that you have researched the company and are interested in digging deeper to the specifics of the job; this is also a great opportunity to sell yourself and why you would fit well in the role

Nicholas’s Answer

The most important part of an interview is to know the company for which you are interviewing. Read up on their business in the news (if public, look at their earnings releases or proxy statements) to understand who they are, what they do, and their competitors. This will reinforce how prepared you are for the job and that you will take initiative. Regardless of your qualifications or the position you are applying for, research will help position you well compared to other candidates.

Secondly, it's important to come off as engaging and someone with whom the interviewer will want to work. This may take a little more practice, but try to smile and mix in some small humor to help ease the conversation. Try to connect the interviewer's questions to your personal experiences, how those experiences helped you grow, and how you will apply those experiences to the position you want. Remember, there are likely to be many qualified candidates looking for similar work, so often the personal touch can help you stand out among a crowd.

Deanna’s Answer

Updated Vallejo, California

It's important to do your research on the company you're interviewing with before you go in. It really helps to be able to ask good questions about the company and its trajectory. What is the company's position in its industry? How is the stock price doing? Has it made any acquisitions? When? It is very helpful to have a basic understanding of the company and who its main competitors are.

If you know who your interviewers are beforehand, looking them up can help you understand their career and how that might influence them.

Have a list of generic questions you can ask.

Know yourself and have a few strengths and weaknesses you can provide when you're asked.

David R.’s Answer

Understand your strengths and relevant experiences and always tie the conversation back to those key skills: if they ask you about a time where you did X, do not only describe the situation but elaborate what skills you used and how they relate to the job you are interviewing for

Take your time when answering questions: interviewers will always ask you some hard questions, but don't rush! It is much better to take some time to think through and construct the best response instead of rushing to say the first thing that comes to mind

Come prepared with questions about the company and position: Interviewers want to see that you have researched the company and are interested in digging deeper to the specifics of the job; this is also a great opportunity to sell yourself and why you would fit well in the role