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How should you prepare for an interview?


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Sydnie’s Answer

There are a lot of tips here, but here are my top suggestions:

1. Research the company you are interviewing with - nothing looks better then being informed on the company.
2. Research the staff on LinkedIn - it gives you a feel of who currently works there and what the culture might be.
3. Fully understand the role you are interviewing for, and have ideas about how you can highlight your experience to show that you will be a good fit
4. Map your route to the interview the day before, so you know how long it will take to get there, and you know exactly where the office is.
5. Pick our your outfit the night before, so there is no panic before you leave.
6. Bring copies of your resume, with a padfolio and pen. You are prepared if someone doesn't have one of your resumes, and it can help you reference your resume and the padfolio/pen gives you the ability to take notes.
7. Google common interview questions and practice them with a friend - this well help you feel comfortable answering common questions and sitting across from an interviewer
8. Have questions prepped for the interview, because they will ask, and having none makes you seem uninterested in the position. You can google some if you can't think of any.
9. Do a social media audit of your accounts and either clean them up, or make them private so future employers can't see your wild weekend pictures.

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Kayla’s Answer

Great question Olivia!

I will second voice many of the answers already given.

1. Definitely research the company beforehand. Knowing about their culture, mission statement, and history as a business will blow them away.

2. Prepare questions about the position. Stay away from prying questions, but always go into an interview with curiosity. One question I like to ask is what their experience is like working there. You will get some great answers, or some not so great answers that may sway your decision.

3. Practice your answers to common interview questions. You can find lists online. Saying your answers aloud will help ease the pressure in the interview. This also helps you recognize some of your strong points of experience to highlight in person.

4. Put together an elevator pitch. One of the frequently asked questions in any interview is "Tell us a little bit about yourself." What a hard question to answer! Think about a 30-second way to communicate who you are, what your skills are, and what your goals are. Then practice, practice, practice!

5. Bring multiple copies of your resume. You never know if you will be interviewing with one person or multiple people, so be sure to have copies for everyone to reference.

6. Give your references a heads up! Anytime you list someone as a reference on your resume, let them know they may receive a call. This helps them prepare some nice things to say about you and doesn't leave them blindsided.

7. Do a social media sweep. Make sure your accounts are private and represent what you want your future employer to see. This includes making sure your LinkedIn is up to date. Also do a search for the company on social media to see what they post.

8. Prepare to get there. Put gas in the car, know your route, know where to park, if you may have to pay to park or get parking validation, and always plan on leaving early in case of traffic, accidents, road closures, etc.

Kayla recommends the following next steps:

Develop an elevator pitch
Write down a list of questions you have about the company/role
Give your references notice they might receive a call
Practice common interview questions aloud

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Hanleigh’s Answer

Hi!
First, relax. Understand that the this employer already thinks you are qualified for the job. The purpose of the interview is to see if you will be a good fit within the company, and it is an opportunity to get to know you better. Also, this is also an opportunity for you to determine whether the work environment and atmosphere is good fir for you. I would recommend really knowing your resume/experiences. If you know your experiences like the back of your hand, you'll be able to quickly respond to any question they ask of and be able to relate to an experience you've had before. The worst thing is when you leave an interview and you remember a great experience that you should've shared, but you forgot. I would also review a few common interview questions:
Tell me about yourself.
What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
Tell me about a time where you had to overcome an obstacle.
Remember to always have questions to ask your interviewer at the end of interview about them, the company, goals, expectations, work environment, etc. It says that you care you've done your research. Obviously, know the location where you are interviewing. Be no more than 10 minutes early. You can be an hour early and sit in the parking lot, but do not enter the building until about 10 minutes early. Lastly, take your time. It is ok to think about your answer before answering a question.

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Samantha’s Answer

Great question Olivia. In my current role I conduct interviews often and want to share some of the things that really stand out to me as well as best practices or getting ready for an interview.

Things to do:

-Bring your resume, depending on the type of business you are applying for the presentation of the resume is important. In my line of work having a laminated and bound resume is important and will stand out compared to another interviewee's resume.

-Ensure you arrive 15 minutes early. If you are not familiar with the location that you are interviewing at I would recommend driving by the location before your actual interview. I would also go during the same time frame as your interview that way you know what traffic and parking look like.

- Dress the part and don't wear distracting clothes/jewelry. Over the years I have learned to not wear bracelets and to keep my hair up so that I am not fidgeting with these things during the interview. Make sure the night before you have your outfit picked out, ironed if it needs to be and if you have pets keep it in a place where it wont get hair on it.

- Know the details of the role you are applying for. Don't be afraid to call and get more insight from someone who works the role you are applying for. This way when you are asked the question of why you over another candidate you will able be to give specific insight to the role and match that to what you will bring to the table. Further more make sure you are educated on the company, what its goal is, what its purpose is, the history of the business.

- Think about questions that may be asked in the interview and have answers to the anticipated questions. It is important as well when answering questions to give specific examples from previous work, you really are telling your story and the part you played in it. Don't be afraid to admit failures in previous jobs but make sure you highlight what you learned from this . This shows self reflection and an ability to learn.

- Have questions ready to ask the interviewer. Make sure that they are thought provoking questions not just the typical question like what is the next step? when will I hear from you? These questions are good to ask as well but you want to stand out with the questions you ask as well. An example of a question you could ask would be what advice would you have for me as a new hire into the company? If there was one piece of advise you would give a younger you what would it be?

- In most cases this is your first interaction with the company and it is important throughout the interview to show who you are and why you are the best fit for the role. When introducing yourself be human and give the person who is interviewing you a good insight to who you are and what you value in regards to work.

- Most importantly remember to breath, speak slow, and be yourself. If you are doing a phone interview I would recommend walking around the room when interviewing it allows for better speaking.

- Follow up the interview with a thank you email or letter to the person/persons who interviewed you.



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Jacob’s Answer

There are many ways you can go about in preparing for an interview, I have listed out some steps that may be able to help you.

1. Always research the person that will be interviewing you so you can have some background information on them.
2. Do some company research - Go on the company website and look at what their mission and goals are (what the business is trying to accomplish). It makes it a lot easier if you have a broad understanding of what the company does if the interview goes a little off track.
3. Review the job description and what skills/qualifications the company is looking for. You can use this to your benefit because you can talk about ways that you have used those skills at prior jobs/experiences/etc.
4. Know your resume very well because that is usually what an interviewer will base the interview on.
5. Have multiple questions prepared for after the interview to ask - its good to have a couple questions to show your curiosity.

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Syed’s Answer

Hi Olivia,

Interview formats vary widely across different industries and roles. However, the behavioral interview format is typically used across the board. Behavioral interviewers will ask you questions about your prior experience, academic background, and hypothetical responses to different situations that you may face on the job.

I like to prep for behavioral interviews in the following way:
1. Memorize your resume from top to bottom. Make sure no question catches you by surprise. Be able to justify why any single line on your resume in on there.

2. Create a table in the following format:
Rows:
- What I did Well: Don't make up stuff, be honest
- What Didn't Go Well: be honest but make sure it doesn't make you look unfit for the job (has to be something outside of the job requirements, roles, and responsibilities)
- What I Learned: New skills, growth, industry knowledge, etc.
- What I Could Have Done Better in Hindsight: Goes with What Didn't Go Well. Now that hindsight is 20/20, what would you have done?
Columns: Your different experiences on your resume (E.g. Summer Internship, Extracurricular Club Leadership, etc.)
Purpose of this table: Prepare for questions related to your prior background. Draw on this to answer those hypothetical situation questions by drawing on prior experiences.

3. Create a second table in the following Format
Rows:
- Story: What is your 30-60 second pitch for what led you to apply and why this is the right place for you?
- Why this Industry?
- Why this company? - Base your answer on publicly available information, knowledge you got from current employees/company alumni/people in your network, and your intrinsic interests
- Why this area of the company? - Figure out what department the job would be in and explain why you want to work in that part
- Why this role?: Explain why you want this specific role and why you're good at it
- Why this role at this company?: Explain why you want this specific role at this specific company
- Potential Interview Questions (That the interviewer may ask you): You can Google common Behavioral interview questions
- Questions for the Interviewer: Have 5-7 good, non-generic (Answer cannot be found on Google or company's website) questions for the interviewer ready
Purpose of this table: Answers all the typical company and job-related questions

3. After completing these tables, keep studying up until interview day

4. Deliver the interview naturally. You've prepped the best you can!

5. Send a thank you letter to your interviewers and the HR person who you've worked with through the process

6. Wait for a (Hopefully good) response!

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Katya’s Answer

Hi, consider these steps while preparing for the interview:

1) always understand what the company is seeking -which skills they are looking for and do you have those qualifications. If you do have the qualifications - make sure you take a notepad and you break down each skill and how your experience dis relevant to it. This will help you answer the basic questions about why are you a good fit for this position.

2) always know the company background- the Person who will be conducting an interview- main responsibility they hire a quality individual, but also the one who understands what the company does, the company values, the company mission. Unethical company financial, know who is the CEO of the company. Know the company products.

3) I recommend that you review yelp and client surveys_ this will give you an insight how satisfied the clients are with the company. It’s a good practice to have for any job interview.

4) make sure that you highlight any recognitions you have received in the last- it’s a ot to brag but it shows that you are a motivated employer and you seek to do your best when it comes to your job. Being competitive is not a bed thing- it’s how you talk about competition-weather you were an individual contributor and weather you also cared for the team performance and delivering to your company years expectations.

5) always prepare at least 3-4 questions to engage at the end of the interview. Someone who asks questions- show that he/she is curious. The questions should always be around : how the company helps grow the internal associates? How the company recognizes top performance? What will be the expectations asides from what you reviewed online?

6) always provide your business cards if you have. Send out a Thank you email when you get home and it’s ok to let the interview know that you will look forward for future connect.

Kate

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Lester’s Answer

There are TONS of great things you can do to prepare for an interview. Speaking from my own personal experience the best interviews I had were the ones where I was most prepared for around the job/company knowledge. EX: I wanted an account management job. I knew the territory and locations I would be supporting. I went to those doors ahead of time and did my own assessment/ secret shop of them so I could give feedback to the panel interviewers. If possible interview a current employee and ask him or her questions about the job, what do they like/dislike. The more perspective you have and knowledge you have about what it is you are going to be doing the better. The ultimate goal is to prove to the hiring manager that you are not going to distract them from their job, they are going to enjoy having you as an employee, and that you are going to produce results for them vs any negative distractions etc.

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Frank’s Answer

Become well versed on the role and company that you are applying to. Look into the job description and pull out key points of the role, and then think of things that you have done or accomplished that fit those points. There are plenty of common interview questions out there, but it's best to try to answer them with examples instead of theory. When approached with a question in the interview, identify the main issue/problem, talk about a similar issue you've experienced, how you overcame it or what you implemented to solve it, and how you measured your results. Since you don't know ahead of time what exactly will be asked, it's best to think of your accomplishments and practice them in your head to be ready to go.

Another key strategy is to think critically about the company, brand, and job, and do as much research as you can ahead of time. The interviewer will want to know that you WANT to work for their company, not that you're just looking for any job. As such, you should be able to speak about things you admire about the company, news you've read about them, etc.

When it comes time for you to ask questions, ask critical thinking ones that show you are invested and trying to picture yourself in the role. "What is the greatest difficulty a new person coming into this role might experience", "what critical skills do you see the perfect candidate for this job as having", etc. That way, when the interviewer answers, you can take the extra opportunity to highlight how you fit that description.

Don't talk about money or benefits on the first interview unless they bring it up.

Overall, bring good energy and an up beat positive attitude to the interview. Be well rehearsed, well researched, and well dressed. Personality fit is a huge piece of nailing an interview beyond just having the right skills.

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Tosin’s Answer

Hi Olivia.

As you have probably realised, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, there are a couple of universal steps you can take to ensure that you nail that interview! Having been on many interviews myself, I would suggest the following:

1. RESEARCH THE ROLE:

There are many avenues through which you might have learned about the opportunity. Most job ads will specify the requirements of the ideal candidate. Thoroughly read through the job requirements and decide if it is a right match for you. You will then need to ensure that you tailor your resume to highlight the ideal candidate job requirements. This will ensure that your resume gets noticed easily by the recruiter. Be sure to highlight some 'keywords' that the recruiter is interested in to ensure your resume is as relevant as possible. This might seem obvious but it is very crucial to getting noticed by your recruiter. It goes without saying that you should be able to defend everything on your resume.

2. RESEARCH THE COMPANY:

Interviewers want to know that an applicant is interested in the job they are applying for. It always helps to do a bit of research about the company to find out what exactly the company does, where they are located, a bit of history about the company and some information about their products and services. This will ensure that as you speak to the interviewer, you have an idea of the company's bottom line and how you can contribute to that.

3. ANTICIPATE QUESTIONS:

There are many resources online that can provide potential interview questions to expect on whichever role you are applying for. Practice with as many questions as possible to boost your confidence level with the interview. You can also anticipate questions related to the company as well. Try to do as much research on the company and learn as much as you can about the way the business operates. It would help to know who some of their major clients are and the sort of services they provide.

4. DRESS ACCORDINGLY:

You can't go wrong with a suit and tie! Most employers will appreciate you took the interview seriously and dressed up for it. You might also want to confirm whether or not you need to bring anything to the interview. A common one is your resume and occasionally you might be asked to have some form of ID. Check the details well before your interview so you're prepared.

5. SHOW UP ON TIME

Employers will appreciate the fact that you showed up on time and it helps if you did not have to rush to the interview venue as this can add unnecessary stress to the day. I'd suggest arriving 30 minutes early, having a cup of coffee around the venue and then showing up 5 or 10 minutes prior. It always helps when you are prepared and relaxed!

All the very best!

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Frank’s Answer

Become well versed on the role and company that you are applying to. Look into the job description and pull out key points of the role, and then think of things that you have done or accomplished that fit those points. There are plenty of common interview questions out there, but it's best to try to answer them with examples instead of theory. When approached with a question in the interview, identify the main issue/problem, talk about a similar issue you've experienced, how you overcame it or what you implemented to solve it, and how you measured your results. Since you don't know ahead of time what exactly will be asked, it's best to think of your accomplishments and practice them in your head to be ready to go.

Another key strategy is to think critically about the company, brand, and job, and do as much research as you can ahead of time. The interviewer will want to know that you WANT to work for their company, not that you're just looking for any job. As such, you should be able to speak about things you admire about the company, news you've read about them, etc.

When it comes time for you to ask questions, ask critical thinking ones that show you are invested and trying to picture yourself in the role. "What is the greatest difficulty a new person coming into this role might experience", "what critical skills do you see the perfect candidate for this job as having", etc. That way, when the interviewer answers, you can take the extra opportunity to highlight how you fit that description.

Don't talk about money or benefits on the first interview unless they bring it up.

Overall, bring good energy and an up beat positive attitude to the interview. Be well rehearsed, well researched, and well dressed. Personality fit is a huge piece of nailing an interview beyond just having the right skills.

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Harish’s Answer

1. Get to know the job profile and expectations thoroughly.
2. Make sure that your Resume is well documented and up to date
3. Make sure whatever you include in your resume is relevant and valid.
4. Browse through the company's history, motive , aims and ambitions.
5. Try to know company's future projects and other prospects.
6. Be thorough in the skills you have mentioned in your resume.
7. Never panic during the interview and drive the same towards your field of interest.
8. Communication skills and technical knowledge are equally important.

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Abhishek’s Answer

Here are few tips,

1. Very carefully analyze the job description.
2. Prepare examples of your accomplishments.
3. Examine the organization's website.
4. Check the LinkedIn and Facebook Company Profiles.
5. Prepare for the salary expectation question and negotiation.

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chiara’s Answer

Great question and such an exciting topic!

I'd do and remember the following:

1. Research the company profile & their history;
2. Understand the position you are interviewing for, and prepare a sales pitch for yourself and what you can do for the company!
3. Clean up your social media account pages (if needed);
4. Plan to arrive 15 min prior to the interview;
5. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident in your skin;
6. Have a copy of your resume and cover latter handy;
7. Wow them with your best shot, and remember not everyone is going to think you are the best suit for the position (and it has nothing to do with you)!

Best of luck!

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Jennifer’s Answer

I recommend you:

1. Research the company. Learn about how they started, their major milestones, and their values.
2. Be yourself! It's ok to be nervous, the interviewers understand this.
3. Practice common interview questions.
4. Think of questions to ask the interviewer - this will show that you have done research and your interest in the role.

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Tala’s Answer

I would also add, You dont have to remmeber everything on your CV. Feel free to take a copy with you and go through it as you talk about your experiences. You can highlight some aspects so they stand out and remind you as you go through it what to menton and focus on. Sometimes when we are nervous we tend to waffle and go off topic, stick to the question and if the question is not clear, ask for further detail to understand what is it they are trying to know. Good Luck

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Richard’s Answer

Most important questions:

Tell me about yourself?
Why do you want this role?

Most important aspect: telling a cohesive narrative that explains your arc to the position. You want to make the role you're interviewing for make sense as the next logical step in your journey

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LeeAnn’s Answer

Preparing for an interview can be very exciting, and stressful. Remember to relax, and breathe while speaking.

Prepare yourself with a solid understanding of the company, the industry and the specific job role you are applying for.

Be confident and sincere with your answers.

If in person be sure to make eye contact and smile.

Prepare a small introduction of yourself and background highlighting why you are a good candidate for this position, build rapport.

Have questions ready to ask the interviewer.

Share ideas of how you have been successful in your current role, or ideas of how you will measure success if chosen for this role.

Practice your answers prior to your interview, and you will come in confident and ready.

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Tom’s Answer

1. Research the company and interviewer if possible.
2. Make sure you have a clean social media footprint.
3. Make sure you have a clean / respectable email address on your resume.
4. dress the part.
5. Be honest, be prepared to say how you feel.

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Ivy’s Answer

1) Research the company you are interviewing for.
2) Study the job description of the job you are applying for. Highlight which ones are your strengths and weaknesses based on the JD.
3) Reflect on your past experiences and see how you can use them as leverage in the specific job you are looking for.
4) Prepare questions for the interviewer. It will signify that you are interested in the company and the job

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Deepak’s Answer

First of all you need to have to have an outstanding resume prepared for yourself. Be well dressed, be confident, have good communication skills and have lots of patience.

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Deepak’s Answer

First of all you need to have to have an outstanding resume prepared for yourself. Be well dressed, be confident, have good communication skills and have lots of patience.

Hi Deepak, any tips on creating an outstanding resume? Gurpreet Lally

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Andrea’s Answer

At first you must have your resume align with your professional experience and interests.

Investigate everything you can about the company, for starters you must know their culture code to know it is a good fit for you. Also you have to search on LinkedIn your interviewers so you can know their professional experience and ask them some questions to make more dynamic your interview.

Read carefully the job description and look for any doubt you can have about it. Something that was helpful for me was that I look in my past experience if there is any relation to be sure I can answer any kind of questions.

If you have any questions about the company it is good to ask them, because you'll show your interest in working with them and contribute to the company.

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Hanna’s Answer

Hi Olivia, you've received some awesome answers above.
I'd add the below:
- ask who will be interviewing you, so that you can at least google them beforehand and understand what position they have in the company.
- during the interview try to give as many concrete examples as you can when answering questions (and refer to experiences in your CV). If they ask you about your teamwork skills, don't just give them a general answer, but tell them about a specific time when you worked as a team. Don't worry about it not being in a professional environment - at this point in your career, it can be from school or your leisure activities for example. (Follow the advice of googling typical interview questions and read through the job advert to check what skills they are looking for and rehearse answers in advance.)
- be prepared to tell them why you are interested in their company (make sure you've researched the company website).
- don't worry about not having lots of experience - be enthusiastic and tell them you are keen to learn and develop.
- if you're nervous (as you will be), tell them. You can add that it's because you're so excited about the opportunity and position (don't overdo it, but it'll set a positive tone and the interviewers should try their best to make you feel comfortable).
- if you're not sure how to answer a question or you block, ask if you can return to the question later in the interview or ask if you can take a couple of minutes to organise your thoughts.
- the usuals: firm handshake, look people in the eye when you speak to them, try to maintain eye contact with all interviewers, smile, thank them at the end for the opportunity, be nice and polite to everyone you encounter in the building (receptionists, cleaning staff, security guards…)
- ask about next steps: when can expect to hear from them
- don't hesitate to send a follow-up e-mail thanking them for the interview and adding anything you forgot to mention during the interview
- after the interview, whatever the outcome, ask for feedback. If you don't get the job, ask them why and what they would advise you to work on

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James’s Answer

Interviewers may ask you behavior-based questions that start "Tell me about a time when...", "describe" or "give me an example." It is important to develop 3-5 stories from your college, professional or life experience that could be tailored to fit different iterations of these questions. Remember to answer with a S.T.A.R. First, describe the "S"ituation or "T"ask you faced. Then describe the "A"ction you took. Close with the "R"esults or changes as a result of this action.

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Ivy’s Answer

1) Research the company you are interviewing for.
2) Study the job description of the job you are applying for. Highlight which ones are your strengths and weaknesses based on the JD.
3) Reflect on your past experiences and see how you can use them as leverage in the specific job you are looking for.
4) Prepare questions for the interviewer. It will signify that you are interested in the company and the job

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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Olivia,

This is Sunny I can share some experience with you for my pervious interview. First is like when you looking for a job you really have to know you really feel that interesting or not. You really have to know what is the job like and what they do. For example, their history and you need to collect more information you can search the company website, ask your friend know more about the company what is look like. Find a job is a easy thing but find a suitable job is a hard thing for everyone. You have to know what is your really need and feel interest.

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