Successful interviews start a long time before you actually sit down with a potential employer. Use these tips in your preparation. They’ll help you present yourself as a strong candidate.
Do Your Research
Finding out more about the company and position helps you know if the job is a good fit for you. It also helps you answer an interviewer’s questions and create informed questions for you to ask the interviewer. For your research, you should consult:
Create Your Personal 60-Second Commercial
At the beginning of every interview, there’s an opportunity for you to tell the interviewer why you’re excited about the interview. Think of it as a short commercial where you are the product that you’re trying to sell. Your commercial should:
Build Power Stories
Résumés share skills and abilities on paper. Power stories share them during the interview process. A power story is simply a 60-second example of your accomplishments and strengths. You should develop four or five stories for interviews. They should explain the situation you faced, explain the action you took and highlight the results. Practice telling these stories so that they sound natural once you’re relating them in an interview.
Asking questions in an interview shows that you’re interested in a company and a position. Create a list of questions that you’re generally interested in having answered. These might include:
Before the Interview
During the Interview
After the Interview
Send a thank you note to the interviewer within 48 hours.
Then, reflect on your interview and think about how you could improve your interviewing skills. Ask yourself a few questions:
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