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. 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. 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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-Research , Research and Research. Research the company, and the job position, the traits needed for the job . Also Research the interviewee and what their background and interests are.
-Connect to people who went through the same process and get the position on linked-in. Reach out for advice and tips, it can always help.
-Re-read the job responsibilities again and try to align your experiences with these responsibilities .
-Write down your experiences in a sheet of paper, and try to answer and write down these questions for each one. What you did? How you did it? What you learnt?
-Print out your CV ,always keep it next you during the interview. Before it, imagine what questions they might ask and prepare your answers.
-Prepare the answers to typical questions, such was what are your strengths, weaknesses?...etc.
-Practice before you interview with a trusted person.
-Think about questions you want to ask before the interview.
-Dress well and according to your job to leave a good first impression.
-Don't stress and try to rest the night before, you need your full energy for it.
Situation: Set the scene and give the necessary details of your example.
Task: Describe what your responsibility was in that situation.
Action: Explain exactly what steps you took to address it.
Result: Share what outcomes your actions achieved.
Additionally, always be prepared for your interview. In my experience, a lot can be assessed about a candidate based on the questions he/she asks at the end of the interview. I'd suggest, don't ask your interviewer a question that you could have Googled a response to; rather, ask specific questions about their experience. You can then leverage this as a jumping off point to having a dialog and gain better insights into the company. Think of the interview as both the company interviewing you and you interviewing the company.
Well, overall there are probably a 1000 tips that one can give you for interview, however, for me there are a few things that define you:
1. Can-do attitude
The most important thing is to be true to yourself and the job that you are applying for. Do not lie as you will get caught out either during one of the interview rounds or even worse when you get the job.
Each interview is a huge learning curve.
Before the interview - research, research and research ! This should be all about the company that you want to go for and also look within- what are the 5 things that you must tell the interviewer - have examples - actions speak louder than words.
Spend a lot of time both before and after the interview to take down notes - what went well and what did not.
Hope I have been able to give you some tips in what I look for in a candidate and what I do myself too.
> Be confident
> Research the company
> Know the position
> Dress in line with the job
>Prepare in advance to discuss strengths and weaknesses
> Be on time!
> Be conversational
> Ask questions
> Mute your phone
> Be nice to anyone you meet on site
> Collect contact info for thank you notes afterwards
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
✔️ Apply! In order to get an interview, you should apply to the jobs that fit you best, and you should, first of all, understand how to make a good CV. You should also try to find companies online, through other people or through platforms like Linkedin. A Linkedin profile is like a detailed resume, it can help you reach out new companies or people.
✔️ Understand the position you are applying for. The interview process depends on the job position: if it's a full-time job position, you might have multiple interviews. If there is a tech job, you might have theoretical and practical questions, problems to solve etc. If it is an internship, the interview process might be easier since it is meant for students who have just started their careers.
✔️ Make sure you understood the interview process. If you receive an invitation to an interview, make sure you understand the language the interview will be held in and the time and place. You can ask other questions like "will it be a get-to-know interview or a practical test?" or whatever you want to now in order to get prepared.
✔️ Take care of the little things that help your interview go smoothly: if it's a video-call, test your audio and the application you will be using.
✔️ If the interview is not in your native language, it can sometimes be challenging to communicate with the other person. Try practicing that language in order to be more comfortable :)
✔️ Prepare for your interview: learn a little bit about the company, read the job description. Get another look on your CV, you might be asked about information from it. If it's a technical interview, recap the things you need to focus on. You can look up interview questions related to the job on Youtube or just Google.
DURING THE INTERVIEW:
✔️ Don't forget that the one taking the interview is just another human being. There is no need to be afraid because you did your best to prepare for the interview.
✔️ Have a good posture and smile. Control your voice and tonality. Try getting rid of the "hmmmm" before you say something. This makes you look like an open and confident person.
✔️ If you are asked a question, you can give out multiple solutions. You can start with the first one that came in your mind and was okay. However, you can continue and improve the solution as you talk. This makes the interviewer understand how you think.
✔️ If you don't know something, do not panic. Instead of just being quiet and thinking hard in your mind, try to talk with your interviewer. Tell him/her what you're thinking about, even if you're not completely sure it is the right solution.
✔️ If you are not sure you understood correctly something, just ask again. It makes things a lot easier afterwards!
✔️ If you are asked about the salary, I think the best idea is to give an interval which contains the salary you think suits the position. It would be best to try to find out the average salary for this position or even for this company, if you can.
✔️ At the end of the interview, you are usually asked if you have any questions. Try preparing some beforehand, for example: what is the project about? You can find other general suggestions on Google that might help :)
AFTER THE INTERVIEW:
✔️ Be happy! You just had an experience that surely helped you develop professionally!
✔️ Be sure to check your email, in order to not miss any responses.
Interview can go well or bad. However, both types of interviews are a great learning experience. It happened to me to have the same questions in multiple interviews, or encounter similar situations. I knew how to handle them because of my previous interview experiences.
I hope my answer helped you and let me know if you have any questions in the comments! Good luck! 💞
Dana recommends the following next steps:
- Understand the role well to assess where you will be able to add value and what challenges you will have performing the role, and more importantly how you will overcome those challenges
- Interviewers would look to probe your soft skills so ensure that you understand the questions and reflect on them well.
- Articulate your answers well with examples where required
- Be professional and polite even if the interviewer asks you difficult and challenging questions
- Keep your answers concise and short, unless you're told to elaborate
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 because recruiters appreciate the effort you put forth. 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 as they begin to discuss the candidates to hire.
1) Look up the company/job: Most likely, you'll be able to find glassdoor interview questions or even general interview questions online related to the job. Go through as many as possible and literally write down your answer. Often one or many of these questions will come up in your interview, and you'll remember your answer since you spent time writing it down and thinking it through.
2) "Tell me about your background": You should be able to summarize a) your education b) your jobs leading up to now c) why/how this job relates to your career. They will ask this question. A big tip I got is to have an overarching theme that ties a,b,c together. For example, mine is that I am obsessed with understanding why people do what they do. This led me to a) study neuroscience/philosophy b) go into marketing to further understand consumer behavior and purchasing power c) is why I work in cultural marketing now (I understand consumers buy things because of branding and cultural relevance)
3) speak about your passion and tie it back to the job: People can feel when you're passionate about something, so try to tie in the job with something/why you love the role; it will speak volumes
4) have your resume up/printed and have multiple copies: You'll often be asked to walk through your resume or be asked about one specific line you put down. Make sure to have it up or in front of you so you can easily reference what they're talking about. They also often ask you to walk you through your resume, so it helps actually to know what you wrote down. Lastly, interviewers talk to many people, and it's not uncommon for them to print the wrong resume or even forget to bring it to the interview! If you already have a copy ready for them, just in case, it looks excellent.
5) at the end, ask, "what about my resume or background fits with this role": this will not only help you understand what they're looking for in the role and what you would bring to the table but also leaves them with their thoughts being positive. Psychologically this will have them remember you in a positive light (i.e., Recency effect).
1. Take time to tailor your cover note and CV to the opportunity. Find key words from the job description and make sure to include as many as possible as many organizations use computers to initially screen CVs. Interviewers also typically do a quick screen and are looking for key terms or specific skills
2. Buy Thank You cards, possibly customized with your name and / or personal information. Take time to hand write a Thank You note as this will demonstrate interest and be more memorable to the interviewer
The point of an interview is really just to give the hiring manager a sense of who you are and for them to get to know you better (and vice versa!). You should approach interviews as more of a mutual conversation - it's also an opportunity for you to learn more about the hiring manager and the job. It needs to be a good fit from your perspective too.
You should definitely have a general idea of what you want to talk about, and definitely prepare answers to questions you think will be asked. But, don't stress about answering questions solely based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Of course, you want to highlight points that showcase that you're qualified, but answering questions in a way that's true to yourself is the best way to find a job that's the right fit for you.
I like to think of interviews more like 'coffee chats' and 'getting to know someone'. This helps me relax and has helped me bring out my natural self in interviews.
First of all dress for the job you want, without a tuxedo, dress the part.
Second, in my opinion what everyone looks into a good candidate/good interview is someone who is concise, doesn't lose his train of thoughts, to the point, good story teller, etc.
To stand out, despite the many answers you already got, I would say:
#1 Match job posting and resume
Highlight the different part of the job posting and match it to your resume. Use maybe a few different highlighters to really distinguish the different skillset required. This will be make it easier for you to speak about what has not been highlighted (because it will come up!)
#2 Look out for the obvious
Look for the obvious questions you will be asked: Experience, gap in resume, etc. Be prepared to respond to these questions with a well prepared answer. It might be a way for you to shine.
#3 Work on story telling
A good story needs to be down to the point and follow a path of development. Don't get lost into rabbit holes and other tangent, look into the narrative and make sure it is one where you stand out.
#4 Prepare and Practice make Perfect
There will be obvious questions about your resume, also, there will be the questions we are all expecting: Tell me about yourself, what are some of your qualities, what do you like about our company, why do you want to work here, etc.?
It will vary per the role and industry but all the questions you will have will be in some sort of the same flavor from one interview to the next.
Then rehearse, under the shower, in front of the mirror, with friends, family, etc. The more you repeat your stories the more they will come naturally and when a question you have not prepared for arise you should be more relaxed to answer.
Hope this helps,