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What are some interview tips for a High school graduate?

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Eloise’s Answer

Do your research ahead of time and prep. Think of your strengths and be ready with examples of your own work or school that highlight them. A common question is “why are you interested in this position?” - answer honestly and focus on your interests, what you hope to gain from the experience and what you would bring to the position (e.g. strong work ethic, willingness to learn, teamwork, prior experience, etc.). Come prepared to ask questions that will help you understand the work that will be done. Actively listen to the responses to your questions. Dress professionally. If you get nervous, practice a few times before the interview so you can refine what you want to say. Be yourself and remember that you’re interviewing them too to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
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John’s Answer

Acing a job interview has as much to do with the way you prepare as it does with the confidence you demonstrate during your interview Joshua. Do you have a job interview coming up? Are you prepared? The best way to get ready for an interview is to take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked, along with examples of the best answers. Knowing what you're going to say can eliminate a lot of interview stress. You don't need to memorize an answer, but do take the time to consider how you'll respond. The more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel during a job interview. Interviewers will ask questions about you to gain insight into your personality and to determine whether you're a fit for both the job and the company. These are open-ended questions which will give you the opportunity to show the employer that you're well-qualified for the position, like:

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF – This question is a way to break the ice and make you feel more comfortable during the interview process. However, some people might find this—and other interview questions about you—slightly stressful. But they’re a good way for the hiring manager to get insight into your personality, so it pays to prepare to answer them. The best answers to this request are honest, brief, and confidently delivered. Your goal is to share something interesting about yourself that illuminates who you are as a person and an employee. Come prepared with a few things to share and be sure to tie them to the skills and qualities that are most valuable in this job.

Happy Job Hunting Joshua

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Before you go into the interview, you'll need to do some research on the company and job. Find out about the company's major products or services and learn how the company is structured. Determine how many employees it has and learn about its history and future objectives. Most of this information can be easily found on the Internet, but you can also seek out alumni who work for the company
Confidence can help you win over the interviewer and potentially get you a job. When you walk into the room, you want to look like you feel comfortable in the situation. Start by giving interviewers a firm handshake and be sure to maintain eye contact and speak confidently throughout the interview.
While many interviewers will ask specific questions that relate directly to the job, you'll likely also be asked some general questions that apply to many different situations. By formulating answers to common questions beforehand, you can show potential employers that you're serious about the interview and job. Plus, preparing for these questions can help you learn to organize your thoughts better and make your responses complete and easy to understand.
During the interview, ask questions. Try to ask good questions that indicate you have done your research about the company and the job. You can also ask general questions about training, continuing education or responsibilities of the job. By asking questions, you're showing the interviewer that you're able to take initiative in a situation, and you're interested in the position.
Before you leave the interview, get business cards or contact info from the interviewers. Follow up right away with a thank you e-mail or letter. You can reaffirm your interest in the position and mention some of the qualities you have that make you a good fit for the job. This is also a good time to ask any questions that you might not have thought of during the interview.
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Ruben’s Answer

Be early, bring a writing instrument, and put your cell phone in mute.

You should conduct research on your potential employer, become familiar with the job description and duties, dress professionally, avoid heavy makeup / long nails, wear natural colors / suit. Bring a copy of your resume and make sure that its up-to-date and factual. Prepare some questions beforehand. Be ready to speak about your strengths and weaknesses. Reflect on the questions being asked and respond honestly. Rehearse confidence / appropriate body language beforehand.

In some markets, it may be best to not inquire about salary or benefits on an initial interview.

At the end of the interview, inquire about next steps.

Request the contact information for the person (or persons) who interviewed you so you can send a brief e-mail thanking them for their time and expressing your interest in the position.
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Anjana’s Answer

You can make interviewing a fun experience should you choose to. As you begin to take the plunge into discovering a career for yourself, along with the very thoughtful tips mentioned above, adding a few here.

At a high level some guiding principles that you can showcase during the interview
- Bring your best version to the interview
- Display curiosity
- Show risk taking by showcasing examples where you have gone beyond your comfort zone
- Compassion and Kindness - two attributes that always make for a good leader

How this would translate to during the interview process
- Arrive early to the interview. If taking the interview remotely ensure your computer is setup well (internet connection, camera, your positioning in front of the camera)
- External appearance is essential especially for the first 2 minutes (clean and professional typically helps)
- Prepare PRIOR to the meeting
(1) Invest time on understanding the company/people who you are interviewing for by visiting the website (understand the vision of the company), going to LinkedIn to understand the profiles of the people who will be talking to you, understand the specifics of the job beforehand.
(2) Spend time introspecting what your weakness and strengths are and what you would like to bring to the forefront in the conversations
(3) Think of specific examples that showcases your work and strengths.
(4) Anticipate and write down the questions your might get asked.
(5) Stand in front of the mirror and practice your answers
(6) "Hear your words" as you speak and you will tend to realize if you speak fast or slow
(7) Practice what we call in the corporate world "the elevator pitch". Imagine you were traveling in an elevator and you run into a CEO of a top company and they ask who you are and what you do. By the time the elevator reaches the end of it's journey, the other person should have a good idea of who you are :-). Good luck with this one. I am still practicing mine.
- The above prep work will give you the necessary confidence which is almost half the battle.
- Once you complete your interview, always follow up with a grateful thank you note to the interviewer saying how excited you are about the opportunity

Remember to have FUN! And good luck! Exciting times.
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Brandon’s Answer

For interviews, their are many different things that you should pay attention to when it comes to interviews. There are three important tips that I can recommend:

Brandon recommends the following next steps:

Research the company. A lot of the time the company will ask you specifically what is it in particular that drew you in to their company instead of other competitors. By researching the company you can prepare for those questions and come up with possible solutions prior to the interview.
Practice interviewing. I find that many people don't actually practice their interviewing skills, instead going straight into the interview and winging it, practice what you would actually say in case they asked you specific questions. Practice will only help your confidence and warm you up for the actual process.
Calm down. Do not panic. Panic will only make everything worse. Just take a deep breathe before the interview and do your best.
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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Joshua,
Great question! Best tip for an interview would be to make sure you do your research on the company you are interviewing with prior. Try to prepare a list of questions to ask the recruiter beforehand. Review your resume to pinpoint key areas that you can focus on which separate you from other candidates. Try to practice what you want to discuss about yourself and how you align with the companies purpose and objectives. Be on time for the interview and arrive about 15/30 minutes prior. Overall, make sure you thank the recruiter for their time and consideration with an email after the interview and reach out to them about 2/3 weeks later to emphasize that you are still interested in the position.
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Jordan’s Answer

I highly recommend doing some research on the company/position for which you are applying. Many times, a hiring manager is hiring someone that they connect with and shows a genuine interest or desire to be part of the company. Knowing some small key facts about the company can help you formulate questions about what you will be doing as part of the job for which you are applying. Demonstrating initiative by investigating the company ahead of time can give you a leg up in the process.

Be your authentic self. The hiring manager is looking for someone that will fit with their team and understands that they can teach you or train you on some necessary skills to be successful.
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