Over the last few years, I’ve mentored over 300+ students and working professionals on how to prepare for interviews to land their dream job.
Here are my top tips on how to prepare for your first interview.
Before your interview, you have to immensely prepare.
Before you say a word in your interview, the recruiter will instantly notice if you have done your homework and practiced.
Do all of the work upfront so that when you go into the interview, you’ve already won.
What do you need to do before your interview?
1 – Do your research.
15 – 30 minutes skimming the website is NOT research.
“One of the biggest complaints of hiring managers is that many job interview candidates know very little about the company they’re interviewing for”
2- Remember that no one cares about you.
The recruiters have a job to do.
They need to hire good talent that will positively help the company.
They will look for below in you.
- Are YOU going to be a good team player?
- Are YOU going to exceed at your position?
- Are YOU going to be the right fit for the company?
This mentality isn’t evil, it’s just life.
But now you know the rules, let’s learn how to play the game.
3- Make the interview a conversation.
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned” in my career.
People do business with people they love, trust, and respect.
If they have the vibe that you are not trustworthy or that you’re not easy to work with,
THEY WILL NOT HIRE YOU.
End of story.
4- Time for the show now (Interview conversation)
Real winners PLAN things out before they start.
To start acing interviews, write down 5 focus points in your life that you want to highlight about yourself.
It could be your past work experience, volunteer work.
5- Learn about the interviewer
Read your email carefully which HR shared with you, you’ll be told the names of the people who’ll be on the interview panel.
Google them and find their Twitter/LinkedIn account and search if they’ve published any pages or articles.
6- Remember to breath
When I first started interviewing, I would get super nervous.
I was so afraid of failing and it reflected in my interviews.
I would speak really quickly and often rush to answer the question.
Here’s a secret I wish someone told me when I first started out
You don’t always have to answer right away.
Slow down, take a breath & really spend time being thoughtful about your answer to the question. And even if you don’t know the answer, remember that it’s okay to say No.
7- I don’t know
Be prepared to say it.
If you don’t know the answer, don’t pretend as you do.
People will often read right through it.
8- Know your own resume?
Again, so obvious.
Yet folks come into an interview not having looked at their resume in a while.
And I’ve had people have to think a bit when I ask them about something right there on the resume they sent me.
Please give yourself some time to look at it before you arrive at the interview.
You should also review it carefully when preparing stories to help you answer interview questions.
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