Interviews are tough. They can make you nervous and stressed while you're preparing. But don't worry, we're here to help.
The first step is to make sure you know what the company is looking for. Review the job posting and make a list of the skills and qualifications they are looking for. Next, make sure you have examples of how you have demonstrated those skills. If you have experience in the industry, make sure you know about the company's products and services. The last step is to practice. Practice your answers to common interview questions.
When you go for your interview, make sure you are dressed for the part. Be professional and dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet. Shake hands and make eye contact. And most importantly, be yourself. The interviewer wants to get to know the real you, not just what you can do for the company.
One question you should always be prepared for is "Tell me about yourself". That should be what's always on your mind. When you're asked this question, the interviewer wants to know more about you than just what's on your resume. They want to know who you are as a person. So, take your time to answer this question. The best way to answer this question is to talk about your professional and academic achievements, and then talk about your hobbies and interests. This will help the interviewer get to know you as a person. Make sure you stay positive and avoid talking about any negative experiences you may have had. Keep your answer brief and to the point.
Being able to speak articulately and with confidence is a key component of a successful interview. Sometimes you'll get stuck and you won't know what to say. This can put you in a tough position, but it can also be avoided. Make sure to get someone else to practice with you and have them throw different questions at you. This is the best way to get a realistic environment of an actual interview with someone actually listening to what you're saying. Getting that feel of talking to a real person instead of a mirror is a great way to quell any fears or nerves you might have. Some people find comfort in writing things down, so having a cheat sheet with key points that you want to make sure to hit during your interview is a great way to keep yourself on track. But make sure that you're not just relying on it!
You can prepare for interviews for weeks but sometimes you might just not get it. Don't worry this isn't your fault! Make sure that you don't discourage yourself from preparing because of a bad interview. Sometimes they happen and there's nothing you can do to change that. Just continue to learn from your mistakes and try to improve your technique. However, if you're feeling really down after an interview, it might be time to take a break. Sometimes we need to step away from what we're doing to gain some perspective. After you've had some time to relax, it's time to get back to work. Learning from your failures is important, but so is celebrating your successes!
Good luck and hopefully this helps you get one step closer to acing that job interview!