An interview is a great opportunity to demonstrate how your skills and employment experience match the job’s requirements. It also provides an opportunity to learn more about the position and the company’s corporate culture. However, a successful interview requires thorough preparation and practice. We hope that the below guidance will help prepare you to interview successfully.
- Preparation and Practice
- Thorough preparation is crucial for a successful interview. Research the company and position beforehand to ensure that you are prepared to answer any questions about the organization. It is also important to closely review the details of everything included in your resume. Be ready to support your accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the company’s needs.
- Practice your answers to common interview questions aloud to build your confidence and ensure concise and confident delivery when answering common questions.
- Your Answers and Delivery
- Answer the questions fully and directly; do not deviate from the question at hand. A job interview is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your communication skills, so frame your answers in a concise and logical manner.
- Incorporate your knowledge of the industry, company, and position into your answers. In every answer, focus on your employment experience or career accomplishments relevant to the position.
- Stay calm and listen to the entire question before answering. Ask for clarification if the question is not clear, and if necessary, take a moment to prepare your response to ensure you answer the question concisely and fully.
- Your body language is a fundamental aspect of expressing your personality, confidence level, and readiness in an interview. An interviewer will immediately get a sense of who you are, how you will fit within the corporate culture, and how you manage pressure by assessing your body language throughout the interview. Be confident and express your enthusiasm, but most importantly, relax and be yourself. Sit up straight and make eye contact with the interviewer to show that you are confident and prepared for both the interview and for the job.
- Ask Questions
- When given the opportunity, always ask the interviewer meaningful questions to demonstrate your genuine interest in the position. Asking thoughtful questions about the position and the company shows the interviewer your initiative and motivation, setting you apart from other job seekers.
- Asking the right questions about what is required of the position, how the team or division is structured, and the company’s corporate culture may also help you evaluate whether or not the available position is indeed the best fit for you.
- Avoid questions that can be easily answered on the company’s website, yes/no questions, and questions not directly pertaining to the position or the company.
- After the interview, promptly follow-up with a thank you note sincerely thanking your interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the position. This is another opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry and the job requirements, while reinforcing how your skills and employment experience make you the perfect candidate for the job.
- Keep the thank you note brief and concise, but mention specific points you discussed with the interviewer to indicate that you were listening throughout the interview and understand the interviewer’s specific requirements for the position.