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Katya’s Answer

Hi Corbin,when I first went for my interview- and I will share my first interview for a financial organization while I was still in college;I have made some mistakes due to the lack of experience.

Even though I went to some interview practices such as mock interviews while being in college- unfortunately they don’t prepare you for all that could happen during the interview.

I haven’t done enough research about the organization and was asked a question around the financials of the company which I was not familiar At all. Also, I was chewing gum and was noted by the interviewer. I thought I did very good and was well prepared but the two most questions when you interview for a financial organization I wasn’t prepared. So, from my own experience- make sure you spend good amount of time reading and understanding how the company did last year and what will their projection on revenue be upcoming year.

Another experience I Will share with you and this was when I was already in my mid management role- I actually brought my past experience recognitions and goals that were achieved as I thought it would be a better understanding if I can show them a visual one and indeed it worked out really good and they were impressed because I couldn’t possible make his stuff up and instead they were impressed. So, I would recommend that you bring some with you-and depending on how the interview is going -you can share it.

I’m hands are always sweating and I was always embarrassed to shake the hands as people always made comments that I’m nervous and I learned how to overcome this as well. Now, when I shake hands- I am the first one to make a statement:’ my hands are by nature sweating, so I apologized ahead of time” and it s away to break the ice and have a little laughter before the interview begins.

I do always send out a Thank you email ad always take everyone’s business cards- this is a token of respect and a second way to show my interest in the job.

I don’t wear bright colors when I attend an interview- I keep my hands and make very natural and professional.

Some jobs require references- so I have those just in case and always let my references know that an employee might be reaching out to them, so they are not caught by surprise.

Hope this helps.

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Tosin’s Answer

I felt really nervous as I had been applying for some time and had just landed my first interview. It was for an IT support role which I did not have a lot of experience in even though I had a bachelors in Computer engineering. I had two interviewers; the first one asked questions about my soft skills, work ethic and ability to relate with customers. I personally felt like I did better in this part of the interview. The second interviewer asked some technical questions some of which I answered but most of which after taking very long pauses and asking for extra time to think I ended up conceding that I did not know the answer but gave some insight into the little I know about that particular technology.

I left the interview pretty confident that some other candidate would have answered the questions better than I did and did not expect a call back. However, I still sent through a copy of my references as per my interviewer's request.

To my greatest surprise I was called a few days later and made an offer.

I asked one of my interviewers what I did right in the interview and he told me two main things he appreciated; I appeared to have a strong work ethic which is required for the role and I answered honestly even when I did not know the answer.

My takeaway from this was that no interviewer expects you to have all the answers. Even while on the job, I could see that we were confronted daily with things that we did not know but constantly had to research while providing assistance to the customer. What an employer would like to see is how you handle the situation when you don’t know the answer rather than whether or not you know it.

All the very best!

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Aimee’s Answer

When I first began interviewing as a candidate, I was young, nervous and had trouble representing myself. I would leave and on my drive home think of 10 things I forgot to say and 10 more I could have said differently.

As I moved into a role that flipped the table and I began interviewing candidates I tried to remember that. To that end, I like to ask questions that tell me about the candidate and their character, work ethic and style. I would ask thing like "Tell me what you are most proud of in your career." and "Tell me about a time when you missed the mark. I want to know about the big mistake you made, the one you don't want to talk about. Tell me what happened and how you recovered/got things back on track." Remember, we all make mistakes. It's not about the mistake, it's about how you reacted.

I also like to ask open ended questions that get you to think and problem solve. Talking through a problem aloud helps me understand how you approach a problem. This is not about getting to the right answer but about the journey.

Good luck as you start interviewing!

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Amanda’s Answer

Many job interviews will ask for specific examples to help the interviewer get an idea of how you think and what you did in previous jobs/clubs. During my first job interview, my future boss asked "Tell me about one of the biggest mistakes you've ever made and how did you handle it?" He wanted to understand how I solved problems, took accountability for my actions, and came up with solutions to prevent that sort of thing from happening again.

Amanda recommends the following next steps:

Create a list of memorable work stories/examples that you can incorporate into your interview responses

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Sandra’s Answer

My first interview was nerve-racking given that I wasn’t prepared for the type of questions I was going to be asked. It did not go as I had envisioned but I can say that I learned from it and every interview since. Here are a few ways in which I have changed my perspective on what an interview is and how to prepare for it.

Stay positive & best of luck!

Sandra recommends the following next steps:

Call it a “conversation” instead of an “interview,” it’s about getting to know you and how you would handle a given situation. This will help you relax and feel a bit more comfortable when answering questions.
Take some time to learn about the company. This will help you answer questions like, what do you bring to this position? Why, do you want to work for this company?
Familiarize yourself with all the responsibilities and requirements of the position you have applied for. Although this may be your first time interviewing for a position, you have life experiences be that in school, at home or social events. Think back to all your encounters in life and prepare scenarios that you have encountered that would showcase how you embody that requirement or have the skillset for that responsibility.
Practice, practice, practice. Whether that be in front of the mirror to see your body language (always want to come off confident), have a family/friend ask you questions, or you can also record an audio file of questions and use that to answer at your pace.
After each interview, take some time to reflect on the questions and how you answered them.

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Lance’s Answer

My first interview was a looooong time ago, but I still remember being very nervous and unsure of myself. Through the years I've come to realize that an interview can still cause nervousness, but you can control that by being prepared. Match your skills with the correct job so that when you interview you will know the right response because you are comfortable with the question. Practicing for an interview will definitely help; it will give you practice at thinking, reacting and providing a reasonable answer without looking overly nervous.

Lance recommends the following next steps:

Practice, practice, practice. Perform as many mock interviews as possible - here is one place where the term, "Practice makes perfect.", can really pay off.
See how you look from someone else's perspective. Have someone make a video recording of your during one of your practice interview sessions. Look back at the recording with people that you trust and try to look for things to improve.
Speak in front of groups. Join a club or take a class where you are required to speak in front of groups of people. It can be anything - preferably something you enjoy, the important part is that you speak in front of people. It will even be better if you have to field questions and answer them in front of people...kind of like an interview.

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Georgeta’s Answer

When I think about my first interview to now, I noticed that I wasn't really ready to be interviewing at the level that I was. It was good, but my wording could've been different and I could've been more authentic.

In interviews, you'll be asked the basic questions; why do you want to work here? What is your background? Where do you see yourself?

But there will also be others asking to get to know you. Sometimes, you'll be asked for a fun fact or a story, and sometimes you'll be given scenarios that you have to propose answers to.

All interviews are different, so make sure you're prepared. Don't say "um" or "like". That's huge, and just be authentic. It's key!

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shubha’s Answer

First interviews are always memorable. I believe if you have confidence and know your domain, everything goes fine.
little smile always helps. stress can always be visible on face, please don't be stressed.
Have faith in yourself this builds confidence.
one should not think i am not good enough for this role. Keep in mind those who dreams, are the ones who reach there.

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Sadaf’s Answer

It was really stressful and my sounds was shaking for a few minutes.But after a few minutes we broke the ice and the employer started to have some personal questions to help me overwhelmed with the stressful situation.Then, we move to technical questions regarding to my job profile and then it sounds more fun rather than a strict,serious interview session.

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Alex’s Answer

My first interview was very scary, but a big step for me. I built my way up with a lot of interviews before I was truly comfortable. I eventually got better and did much better in my interviews. Do a lot of research and be as ready as possible going in. Have resumes and everything all ready.

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Gabriela’s Answer

Everybody's first interview will be different but one thing forsure, we have all been terrified. I would suggest to go prepared so you can calm your nerves. Read up on the company, know their values, and the CEO. Think about how your values align with the companies and clearly state that. Do mock interviews and this will help your overcome the nerves.