The 7 Step Guide To Acing An Interview

August 18, 2016

Putting your best foot forward on an interview requires:

  • Preparation
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Follow-through

Before the Interview:

#1: Do research on the company and your interviewer.

Find details that give you a better understanding of the organization, as well as some talking points. Look for:

  • Mission statement
  • Services offered
  • Company culture

#2: Prepare answers to some common questions.

While you can’t be ready for every answer, you’ll likely be asked some basic questions, like:

  • Tell me about yourself…
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Why should I hire you?

#3: Familiarize yourself with the job description. 

Know how your professional background fits the needs of the role, and gather any relevant supporting materials, like:

  • Resume
  • Writing samples
  • Portfolio

During the Interview

#4: Be aware of your body language, and avoid the following bad habits:

  • Slouching
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Fidgeting

#5: Be yourself, and showcase your personality and soft skills by focusing on:

  • Problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Being a team player

#6: Ask informed questions about the role.

To impress your interviewer and gain a better understanding of the role, ask:    

  • What characteristics would the ideal person for this role possess?
  • How will my work impact the company as a whole?
  • How do you measure and evaluate success here?

After The Interview

#7: Follow up within 24 hours of the interview with a thoughtful thank you note.

  • Personalize your note for the individuals you met with
  • Avoid sounding generic
  • Make references to the specific conversations you had
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