Practice for an Interview
Your resume made it through the initial review phase and you got the
call for an interview. Congratulations, you’re halfway there! With only a few steps left to land your new job, it’s time to get serious.
Preparing for an interview can be a stressful experience, especially if it is at a company you are excited about. Besides putting together the right professional outfit and appearance for your talk, it’s important to refine some of your answers to some standard interview questions coming your way.
Below are some tips on getting ready for your next big interview. Good luck!
Practice makes perfect: The old cliché is true. If you want to knock your interview out of the park, you have to prepare yourself for success. This includes finding a list of general interview questions and rehearsing your answers, which should be only a few sentences long to keep the conversation moving.
Once you’re comfortable with your responses, ask a friend or family member to have a mock interview with you. This will help you work on making eye contact as you answer questions.
Here are a few general questions you can expect during your interview:
- Can you tell us about yourself and your background?
- What drew you to this position and why do you think you’re the right fit?
- Why are you looking to leave your current job? Or what made you leave your previous position?
The Right Attitude
Another cliché that is particularly relevant for the job interview is “You only have one chance to make a great first impression.” How you handle yourself as a professional during an interview can literally make or break your chances of landing the job.
Companies want a polished, enthusiastic professional, especially if you will be working with customers or internal leadership on special projects. Everybody likes to work with someone who is pleasant and collaborative. Giving off a good vibe and not disparaging past employers are two ways of making sure you fit the bill.
It’s important to be ready for different interview styles. Some hiring managers are very cut and dry. They will ask a few general questions and move on with their day.
Others are more in-depth and looking for detailed, thoughtful answers. The best interviewees are able to “understand the room,” meaning able to analyze the interviewer’s style and craft answers according to their expectations.
If your interviewer laughs a lot and tells personal stories, go along with them by telling a couple of your own. Just remember to keep things short and sweet. There will be more time for chatting once you land the job!