How-Tuesday: Ace Your Next Job Interview

Nail that interview!

Are you a recent grad, about to graduate or maybe still in school? Spring semester is winding down and companies are looking to hire. Chances are you're either looking for a job or internship to kickstart your career!

Once you get an interview, you're now one step closer to landing a job. Stay calm, and follow these simple tips from Forbes.com on how to ace a job interview:

Forbes.com

Forbes.com

Do your homework

According to Forbes.com, one of the biggest complaints from hiring managers is that many interview candidates know very little about the company they’re interviewing for. How do you avoid looking slack-jawed when the hiring manager ask what you know about the company?

For starters take some time to study the company's website, Google and read articles related to the company, and find them on LinkedIn. Forbes also suggests knowing the company's mission statement, its products and services, their locations and who their tops executives are. 

Prepare a list of likely questions

There will likely be a few questions from left field you could not possibly see coming, but for the most part many interviewers will ask things like, "Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?" or "What are your strengths/weaknesses?" And certainly the question, "Why should we hire you?"

If you already know the answer to these personal questions, it'll feel natural to answer them. 

Google yourself

Find out what the company knows about you. Forbes suggests to see what they see and if there’s anything negative about you, have a response ready as to why it’s negative but don’t get too defensive. Respond and then move on.

Interview yourself for the position

Before every interview, ask yourself: “Why am I a good fit for this job?”

Identify what is unique or special about you. How have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? What did you accomplish that no one else managed to do? Did you volunteer to tackle a problem and solve it? 

Figure out how to articulate your goals

Many commonly asked questions during an interview either dig into your previous experience or want to explore your future goals. Go over what your goals are and reflect a bit on your past before the interview and be honest.

Be positive

Even if you faced hard times at your last job don't speak badly about former employers or bosses. No matter how mad the situation was, a negative answer often reflects badly on you not the employer or manager.

Get comfortable

Feeling comfortable and relaxed positively influences your confidence. You read about all the best tactics on interviewing but if you can't take even breaths and calm you're nerves you'll make the interviewer nervous too!

[For a more comprehensive list of tips to acing an interview, read this Forbes article]

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Hope this helps!

Be well, 

Lauren R.