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How to perform in interview?

I am international second-year undergraduate student studying in business school. Now I apply some positions in a club or pre-internship program, they all need to pass interviews. Do you have some useful tips? interview job-application

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N’s Answer

Hello Ena,


I agree in totality with Alyssa


Write down some common questions after a bit of research online and answer them the way you would in your interview.Practice these answers in front of a mirror , if that helps you.


Focus on elevating your strengths . it is not bad to let them know if you are unaware of a particular skill but you should be able to less project that and confident enough on talking what you can deliver for them . Always show the Zeal to learn more.


Have the position requisites in front of you and review it completely and thoroughly . Understand what they are looking specifically for the role and project that capability of yours


Be prepared ahead in terms of attire and directions


Take a minimum of 3 hard copies of your resume, just in case


Go 10-15 minutes early,if allowed, so that you get a chance to acclimate yourself to the atmosphere


Firm shake hand ,eye contact and smile on your face


it is okay to be nervous and you might be . so a little preparation will make it easy for you


Good luck!

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Alyssa’s Answer

My first piece of advice is to find some common interview questions and practice answering them out loud! Saying them in your head is way different than saying them out loud. Be prepared to answer the question tell me about yourself. Nearly every interviewer is going to ask you that question. It sounds like an easy question, but is normally your first impression and a chance to let them know you as a person.


Do some research on the places you are interviewing with before you go there. That way you can have some good questions prepared to ask. After your interview send a thank you note. It can be electronically or in the mail. Just send it. It'll set you apart from the crowd. Make sure you have a few copies of your resume printed on resume paper(not normal printer paper). Bring a notepad and a nice pen(nothing that says Hilton Garden Inn or some other brand) and keep it in a nice leather folder. If I know I have some questions going into an interview I will write them down in my notebook. I also write the name of the person(fairly small that way they don't see their name written in HUGE LETTERS) I'm interviewing with at the top of the notepad so I can't forget it during the interview.


Try on your interview outfit the night before that way you are sure that everything fits right and if something doesn't you'll be able to prepare and adjust. There is no need to make yourself more nervous by having a wardrobe catastrophe right before your interview. If you wear jewelry to the interview keep it simple. You don't want to be wearing big bangle bracelets that make a lot of noise during your interview. If you do there is a chance they will distract you, but more likely that is all your interviewer is going to remember about you instead of how awesome your answers are! Practice shaking hands with somebody you trust before. Have them let you know if your handshake is okay. Try and get a good nights sleep before your interview and be early for your interview. Smile and be yourself!! I wish you the best with your interviews Ena!

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Jay’s Answer

Ena,

Interviews (whether for university or for a job) can be very stressful. I always recommend a few things in general:

1. Make sure you are outwardly presentable. This does not mean you have to rush out to buy a brand new suit or set of fancy clothes but remember that first impressions are the longest-lasting, and you want to be professional. Make sure you are set up for success by being presentable and ready to go.

2. Practice, practice, practice. Think of potential questions you may be asked, and think of how you want to answer those. Just like preparing for a presentation, practice your answers out loud and make sure you have clear responses. If you have a friend or partner, ask if they can play the interviewer and ask for feedback.

3. Make sure you get plenty of rest before the interview. You are going to be stressed out and nervous, but try and get a full night's rest, eat a good breakfast and come as fresh as you can.

Best of luck
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Ena,

You have gotten some good feedback from others here. I would recommend something that I have actually done poorly in the past and have paid for during interviews - preparation. No matter how many interviews you have had, each interview is unique to the organization where you are applying. That means that you should do your research on the organization, so that you can speak knowledgably about the business. You can also prepare examples of how you have worked in that specific type of business or job role. In addition, you should prepare for the interview itself. What questions do you think that you will be asked? If you need some help, there are a lot of resources online on questions. Also take a close look at the job description, looking at each line. Try to write a question for each item in the job description. How would you answer a question about a particular skill and your experience with that skill?

Another thing to recognize is that businesses are moving to more behavioral questioning techniques. Here is a link to some examples: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/most-common-behavioral-interview-questions-and-answers. In general, companies are going to ask you about skills and actions that reflect their corporate culture. For example. my company has four value pillars and we are often asked questions about what and how we have achieved those pillars. This is a time that you can shine, by being able to provide details on your experiences.

Good luck with your interviews.
Gloria

Gloria recommends the following next steps:

Review Link: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/interviewing/most-common-behavioral-interview-questions-and-answers
Practice interviewing with someone
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Jonathan’s Answer

The organizations that are ahead of the curve / leading the way now mostly use "Behavioral Interviews" to get to know potential candidates.

The fundamental aspect of a Behavioral Interview is that the type of question you'll face will be structured to understand not only WHAT you can do but also HOW you have done things in the past and HOW you might choose to do things in the future.

Typical behavioral questions include" Tell me about a time when..." and also "What would you do if..."

When attending a behavioral interview, you should always present your answers in the S.T.A.R. answer format.

S.T.A.R. stands for Situation - Task - Action - Result.

For example, if you were asked a customer service type question, like "Tell me about a time when you had to appease an unhappy customer / client.", then you would follow the structure of stating the situation (i.e. I was working at firm X and a client was unhappy due to oa product / service not having been fulfilled) then stating the task (i.e. The task was to take action to ensure that this client is, once again, happy with the product / service your company provides) then stating the actions (i.e. What you did to correct the situation and how you communicated this to the client) and finally state the result you achieved (i.e. a positive result: The client was happy and the firm kept the business).

You always want to tell a story where you were successful rather than one where you were unsuccessful.

Keeping to this structure also ensures that you will stay on point and know that you can stop talking when you have finished presenting the answer rather than trying to fill silences or allowing yourself to go off topic.

Jonathan recommends the following next steps:

Research S.T.A.R. question & answer formats and ensure you have prepared basic answers to likely questions but also be prepared to apply the S.T.A.R. answer format to topics you may not have thought of ahead of time as the structure is quite simple and, with a few seconds thought, can be allocated to almost any situation you care to describe.
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Simeon’s Answer

Look at the opening you're applying for and scan it for action words. Remember to use those action words during the interview. Have four to five stories about yourself that reflect a wide variety of skills. If you find yourself caught off balance in the interview, redirect the question to one of the stories you've got. That'll help you stay focused and confident during the interview. Also, try to show off personal details. People often get attached to those kind of details, like hobbies and things you enjoy.
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Poonam’s Answer

Here are the best interview tips :

Over here, we are going to help you by sharing with you, the best job interview tips, right from the horse’s mouth i.e. the interview experts.

So, let’s begin….

1. DO A RESEARCH OF THE COMPANY:

Carry out a detailed study of the employer and the industry, so you are prepared for the interview question “Can you tell something about this company?” Try to recall what you have found out about the organization while replying to the questions. Get to know the interviewer’s name, and address it amid the interview. In case you do not know the name, enquire before the interview. Developing affinity and giving a personal touch can up your odds of getting the job. Employers tend to procure candidates they like, and who appear to be a solid match for the organization’s environment.

2. BE PUNCTUAL:

Be on schedule for the interview. On time implies five to ten minutes prior. In the event that need be, leave early to drive to the interview location early so you know precisely where you are going and how much time it will take to reach. Give yourself a couple of additional minutes to visit the rest room, check your clothes, and stay relaxed.

<h1>for more details: Top 5 Tips For Interview From Experts, That Would Land You A Job</h1>


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Elizabeth’s Answer

Have confidence in yourself, prep answers to commonly asked questions in an interview and have real examples to provide of how you've dealt with adversity, when you've succeeded and how you've handled difficult situations.
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Wesley’s Answer

I would begin by focusing on situations that you have encountered in previous work situations as well as your academic career. Many interviews now consist of what are called behavioral questions. The interviewer is looking for you to describe a situation that occurred, what actions you took as well as the result of those actions were. I have found it helpful if you create a list of situations including the items listed above. One thing to think about are which situations turned out well vs. those that did not. Be able to describe what went well vs. what did not.

While you are preparing I would also spend some time familiarizing yourself with the internship/job etc. that you are applying for. It is always helpful to have an innate understanding of the company and or opportunity. Make sure you have questions prepared to ask the interviewer when asked.

Best of luck.
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Fiona’s Answer

Research the school, faculty, professors
Watch the news and be able to talk about key current events
Research some key current events in the business world
Research the background of your interviewers
Go through your CV to ensure you can talk about each skill/past experience you have included
Think of some good questions you would like to ask about the school/faculty/course
Do not under-dress
Be on time, 15 minutes early
Be prepared to introduce yourself in clear succinct manner, listing out key traits and achievements/interests/work experience/volunteering experience that makes you stand out.
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Carla’s Answer

Be confident and don't be intimidated by one's title. Ask someone to do a mock interview with you to get your comfortable with the process. This person will be able to give you some honest feedback on your body language, how well you answered the questions, etc. Good luck
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Lucie’s Answer

Outch, job interviews are tough! But the hardest part is really to actually get one in my opinion!
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,
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