If the thought of going for a job interview has you knotted up inside and nervous, you are not alone. It's totally normal to feel anxious about an upcoming interview, but if you want to make the best impression possible, there are some things you can do to prepare. Today, we unpack the top tips on how to prep for a job interview like a pro. So read on and get ready to ace your next interview!
Study and research
Researching the company well ahead of your interview will help you understand the company's culture, values and expectations. Go beyond the company’s “About” page and consider the kind of language they use, the type of content they post on social media and whether or not there are articles about them online (good and bad).
Practice makes perfect
Selling oneself does not come naturally to everyone, but running practice questions with yourself or a friend will help you get comfortable with the format of the questions and help you think on your feet. It's also a good way to identify any areas where you need more preparation.
Your interviewer should always have a copy of your resume, but it doesn’t hurt to bring an extra just in case. It also helps to come prepared with a notebook, pen and a few questions, including what projects they need you to accomplish in the first three months, how performance is measured and reviewed, and the possible growth prospects for your position.
Control your body language
During an interview, be very mindful of your body language and the signs you’re giving off. Physical actions such as looking at your feet, fidgeting or sitting with your arms crossed won’t help your interviewer get to know you. Dress professionally, sit up straight, speak directly to your interviewer and answer questions clearly and concisely.
Following up doesn’t only mean sending a thank you note or an email if you haven’t heard back in a week. You should follow up right at the end of your interview by asking if the interviewer has any areas they are concerned about or would like further clarification on. This allows you to alleviate their concerns and sell your skills one last time.
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